Broccoli Patties

Broccoli Patties

  • Servings: 9 patties
  • Difficulty: Easy

Don't know what to do with those leftover veggies? Why not turn them into a delicious side or appetizer that is sure to please kids & adults! We often have leftover broccoli or zucchini as it's our husband's favorite vegetables. We were inspired to make these patties as a result of all the leftover breadcrumbs & egg while making breaded chicken cutlets. Our Mom taught us to not waste so she would mix these leftover ingredients together and form patties to fry with the chicken cutlets. As kids we loved them more than the chicken cutlets! 😋

Ingredients

  • 12-ounces chopped broccoli florets, cooked
  • 1¼ cup Italian style breadcrumbs (we used Progresso, not gluten-free)
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 3/4 shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/8 tsp salt (omit if salt sensitive)
  • dash of pepper to taste
  • Cooking Spray to coat baking sheet
  • 1  3½” lid (we used the lid from a 16-ounce Argo cornstarch container. Any size lid of your preference will work but the Argo lid was the perfect width & thickness of our patties)
  • plastic wrap

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine beaten eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, cheddar cheese, oregano, cooked chopped broccoli, onions, garlic, salt & pepper, mixing well. Add the breadcrumbs mix together with a fork then mix by hand as you would making meatballs or meatloaf. Must be a thick, pasty texture.
  2. Preheat oven to 400ºF and spray baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. Place the plastic wrap over the lid, overhanging 3-inches in all directions. Fill with mixture slightly mounded, press down with your fingers, flip the patties over onto the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until bottom is golden brown.
  5. Flip patties and continue baking another 7-10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven  let stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature.
  7. Can be dipped into your favorite dipping sauce i.e. ranch dressing, blue cheese, or tzatziki sauce.

Note: This is a great way to make use of any leftover vegetables and makes a great grab-n-go snack.

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Mom’s Spinach & Broccoli Pies

 

Our beautiful Mom (Eleanor DeBlasi Caronia) loved being surrounded by family. She would cook Sunday dinners that could feed an army and loved having our grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins over to join us. We know how proud she would be to see us share our family recipes and finally have a collection for all our family and friends to share.❤

Spinach & broccoli pies are a family favorite; which Mom always made for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners when the entire family would gather at our parents home. Many friends asked for this recipe over the years and we’re so happy to share it with you. Enjoy!

Servings: 8-10

Ingredients

  • 2  12-ounce bags of either frozen chopped spinach or baby broccoli† florets (cooked and drained very well, additional chopping until fine texture.)
  • 7 level Tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 3 Tablespoons French’s® yellow mustard 
  • 12-ounces shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 cup Pecorino Romano grated cheese
  • 1 package Grands Pillsbury® Crescent Roll
  • 9″ pie pan

Instructions

  • Cook the frozen spinach or broccoli florets and drain well. When cooled chop fine and use paper towels to squeeze any excess liquid through a strainer.
  • In a large bowl mix onion, spinach or broccoli, shredded Swiss cheese, Pecorino Romano cheese, and mustard. 
  • Separate crescent rolls.
  • Place crescent rolls into pie pan, wide side down.  Points hanging over the pie pan. 
  • Lay the mixture in a circle like a wreath leaving the center of pan open.
  • Fold pointed end of crescent rolls over mixture towards the center, tucking point in and leaving a small opening.
  • Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes until top is golden brown (check after 20 minutes).

†  We use 2 – 12oz. bags of frozen baby broccoli florets that we finely chop after cooking & squeezing out all excess liquid. If you use frozen chopped broccoli in a bag, you get too many stems; which will change the texture.

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Barbara’s Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli

When Barbara was raising her family this was one of their favorite pasta dishes. Her youngest son always requests this delicious meal every time he visits from California and even asks her to cook this dish while visiting him. It’s a quick and easy meal.

Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken tenders, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 16-ounce bag frozen broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth to cook broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth,
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Oregano, dried
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, divided into thirds
  • 2 Tablespoons EVOO + additional as needed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or frozen cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 box Pasta ( we used Farfalle, use any pasta of your choice)
  • reserve 1/2 cup cooked pasta water
  • Pecorino Romano cheese, grated for topping

Instructions

  1. In a large pot bring salted water to a boil to cook pasta.
  2. When water boils lower heat just to keep water hot until ready to add the pasta.
  3. Cook broccoli in chicken broth in a covered microwave-safe dish 6-7 minutes in a microwave. (make sure covering is vented).
  4. In a large skillet or flat-bottomed wok add 1/3 the butter & EVOO until heated. Add the onions and sauté until translucent and softened, Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  5. Remove onion mixture and set aside.
  6. Add additional 1/3 butter and EVOO to skillet. On med-high heat add chicken pieces & lightly brown quickly on both sides, being careful not to overcook.
  7. Bring pasta water back to a boil and cook according to package directions.
  8. Reduce skillet heat and add onion mixture back to the skillet, sprinkle the dried oregano onto the chicken and onions, continue cooking for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Add the cooked broccoli and chicken broth to skillet and stir well.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste,  simmer another 3 minutes add the remaining  2 Tablespoons of butter to melt into the mixture.
  11. Add cooked pasta to chicken mixture and toss well. If needed add reserved pasta water a little at a time until the desired consistency.
  12. Sprinkle with Pecorino Romano cheese and serve.

Note: Sauté mushrooms in butter for a variation as shown in the last photo below.

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