In an effort to get my family to eat more veggies over the years,
I’ve noticed that there are a few tried and true tips that work every time: Make them crunchy. Make them pretty. Add cheese.
These broccoli fritters are a triple threat, guaranteed to
appeal to even your pickiest eaters (big OR little)!
Mushy, overcooked vegetables are the quickest way to turn anyone
off. But that doesn’t mean breaking out the deep fryer! These oven-baked
fritters have just as much crunch as their less-healthy fried counterparts,
with half the fuss and zero mess! A light coat of olive oil spray provides just
the right amount of crunch and color as these fritters bake—unattended—right in the oven.
And I think we can all agree that cheese makes everything better,
am I right? Cheddar and parmesan provide all that melty goodness, and are a
perfect flavor counterpart to the broccoli.
Best of all? These fritters are just as delicious using frozen
broccoli or fresh. So, keep a few bags in your freezer and you can “eat your veggies”
Cheesy Baked Broccoli Fritters
snack, vegetable, side
1 medium broccoli, cut into florets (or 2-3 cups frozen florets,
1/4 teaspoon each garlic and onion powder
1 cup shredded cheddar, plus additional for serving (optional)
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
Olive oil spray
Sour cream for serving (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees; line a baking sheet with parchment
paper or foil.
2. Place the broccoli florets in a food processor and process till
finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and add the eggs, garlic and onion powders,
cheeses and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper and combine well.
3. Form into 3-inch patties, about 1/2-inch thick and place on your prepared
baking sheet. Spray lightly with olive oil spray and bake for 10 minutes. Flip,
spray again and bake for an additional 10 minutes till golden brown. Serve hot
or warm, with sour cream and additional cheddar if desired.