Sunday, April 10, 2011

Broccoli a Pasteta - Cauliflower Croquettes


Although I published this post a few months ago, we had eaten them so fast I missed the opportunity to photograph them.  Having remade them today, I photographed them and am republishing this one.

Broccoli a Pasteta is one of my favorite side dishes. Growing up in an Italian home, these were on the table pretty often during a Sunday meal. Try these and you'll have a new found love of cauliflower. And yes, cauliflower in Sicilian is called broccoli! Go figure.


You'll need:

1 large (or 2 small) head of cauliflower rough chopped and steamed
1 cup all purpose flour
2 cloves garlic minced
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano, grated
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup hot water
salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil


Steam cauliflower, then rough chop to bite size pieces. In a large bowl, combine cauliflower, flour, garlic, eggs, grated cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Add water so that batter becomes slightly more dense than pancake batter.

On medium-low heat, add oil in a 10 inch skillet coating bottom of the pan. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to form croquettes. You can fit 4 croquettes at a time. Cook until golden brown, turn and cook another few minutes. Add a little more oil to the pan if needed and repeat with the remaining batter.

Makes 24 croquettes

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10 comments:

  1. Yum!! Have you ever tried it with broccoli?

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  2. Julia.. I follow Gina.. now I'm following you... I just made this tonight and they are amazing. Zucchini would be great, I bet, too. I'm Middle Eastern and if I didn't know better, I would think I'm italian. Thank you.

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  3. Judy, funny you say that. I have many friends who if I close my eyes, I would think were Italians too! Glad you tried these :)

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  4. I tried these tonight and they are good. I also tried baking some. Not the same, but maybe a lower fat option. Have you ever baked/broiled instead of fried?

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  5. Hi anonymous, I did try baking these once. They weren't good at all. My kids wouldn't eat them and neither would I !!! Skinnytaste.com sautéed them in a tiny bit of oil and repotted them to be very good

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  6. How long do you steam your cauliflower and mine fell apart the first time, should I add breadcrumbs or more flour?

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  7. Less water or larger eggs will help bind them if they were falling apart. Medium eggs versus jumbo may be the culprit. Try the jumbo eggs next time. I steam them till a fork inserted goes in and out easily. So sorry they didn't work out for you.

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  8. Where is your "PIN" button?

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  9. what about mixing cauliflower and broccoli together and frying them like patties

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