Jun 27, 2013

Cheesy Baked Broccoli Fritters

One of our family members suffer from gluten intolerance so I often have to devise recipes or adapt them so that he can still enjoy the food that the rest of us can eat without any problem. Often, it's just a matter of replacing the flour or bread called for in the original recipe with a wheat-free alternative. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't so I am always delighted when the substitution works well and the food comes out amazingly good and truly enjoyable.

This is the case with this Cheesy Baked Broccoli Fritters which I have happily adapted from the blog of our dear friend Tijuana of Po-man Meals - who herself is quite a prodigious blogger with so much yummy offering in her fabulous blog. I hope you can all check out her amazing blog 'cause I am pretty sure you'll be so pleased. :-)

When she shared the recipe for her Cheesy Roasted Brocolli Patties over at Manila Spoon - Facebook page, I knew right away it is a must-try. It just looked so delicious!!! While my kids tolerate Brocolli and eat them - no problem - I thought this would be a great way for them to enjoy this amazing vegetable in a yummier way. The original recipe from the blog didn't disappoint. It was amazing so I thought I'd try to replace the bread crumbs with ground almonds to make it both gluten-free and grain-free. The result was simply delightful and delectable!  I truly am thankful to Tijuana for this. If you wish to see the original recipe which gave birth to this gluten-free version, you can find it here. She calls it Cheesy Roasted Broccoli Patties. I just renamed it Cheesy Baked Broccolli Fritters (Gluten-free) to avoid any confusion. So again, thank you so much Tijuana for this truly scrumptious inspiration!

Enjoy this easy and truly amazing dish and wow even the pickiest eaters. :-)



2 Tablespoons, Olive oil
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1 small yellow Onion, chopped
1 (12 oz) bag Fresh or Frozen Brocolli
2/3 cup - Almond Meal or Ground Almonds*
1/2 cup - Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup - shredded Mozarella or Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Eggs
Salt and Pepper to taste

*You can use Panko bread crumbs if you're not doing the Gluten-free version.


Preheat the oven to 400 F/ 200 C. Grease a baking sheet. I have a used the Silpat for this so there was no need to do any extra prep.

If using fresh broccoli (which I used), chop the broccoli into small pieces. Quickly blanch the fresh broccoli in boing water for 1-2 minutes.

Drain well. Set aside. If using frozen broccoli, defrost and then drain well.

Sauté the garlic and onion in the olive oil until the onions become tender and has browned a bit. I wanted to caramelize the onions a little to bring out its sweetness. Set aside. Let it cool down for a for a few minutes.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl including the cooled onion mixture. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Shape into round patties and place on a prepared baking sheet. I used the Silpat so no oil was necessary at all.

Bake at the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the fritters are all nicely browned and crispy. Enjoy with some Tuna and Pasta salad!

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  1. I see that I wasn't the ONLY one drooling over Tijuana's broccoli patties! Both hers AND yours are making me SO hungry to try them myself!
    Beautiful recipe as always, Abby!

    1. Thanks, Becca! Glad you stopped by. Tijuana is amazing - she has wonderful recipes and this is just one of them.

  2. Now those look super yummy! Very unique recipe!

    1. Thanks. Am so glad it turned out well, too. :-)

  3. A unique recipe and nutritious food. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Love you recipes Abby. You are very creative

    1. Awww. That's so kind coming from you Shema. Thank you.

  5. Can't wait to try it out :)

  6. These are so good!! I also made these with cauliflower substituting equal amounts of instant potato flakes and breadcrumbs for the 2/3 cup of almond meal. Awesome!!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and giving us a feedback! Am so happy you enjoyed these. They are truly good and your substitution sound so delicious, too! Thanks.

  7. Oh my these look good! I'd love to make these for my mom, either for her birthday or for Mother's Day. Oh, maybe for Christmas brunch! Thanks for the recipe. Yum!

  8. Hey
    They look yum I am going to try them today. can I add carrots to the recipe?


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