I remember there was a period corn fritters were all the ‘craze’ for brunch options. Suddenly all the cafes in Melbourne started churning out their own takes. That might have been why these delicious morsels sneaked in my weekend repertoire and so far has been the go-to dish when I don’t know what else to make. What’s not to love? Cripsy on the outside, fluffy interior, not to mention packed full of delicious vegetables.
In fact, apart from corn, you could pretty much use any vegetables you can think of for this. Can’t live without meat? Sure… add some bacon, or maybe some salmon? The sky’s your limit. Making vegetables into fritters is the easiest way to transform boring ingredients to something a little more impressive and ‘fun’. I’ve since experimented with zucchini, chickpeas, carrots, and even Quinoa!
When I pulled out a head of week-old broccoli and even older cauliflower from the fridge the other day I figured I’d try making fritters with them. Frank doesn’t really like either of this two, so when I cook them he would make a face before diving in with his fork. And I can only take that many gratins in a month. When the dish was set in front of him his face lighted up instead (he always sees the fritters as a little bit of a treat). Sure enough, the man LOVED the fritters and kept asking for more! Nice trick, if I may say so myself.
1 head Broccoli, cut into small florets
1 head Cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 small Onion, diced
1/2 cup Self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup mixed cheese (I’ve used Mozarella and Parmesan)
1/4 cup of milk
Cook the broccoli and cauliflower in a lightly salted boiling water until tender (about 7-8 minutes). Drain and mash (with fork or a potato masher). Stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Heat oil in a small skillet/pan, and spoon 1/4 cup of mixture into the pan, flatten with a spatula. Fry until both sides are golden brown. Remove from pan and repeat the process.
Serve the fritter with a dollop of Greek Yoghurt, sprinkling of Spring Onions and more Cayenne Pepper if you like it hot. For a more decadent treat, fry a few strips of bacon and add a poached egg on top. Mmmmm. I think I’m hungry now.
If you have a man (or boy) at home who absolutely despises broccoli or cauliflower, this is the way to sneak them in. Although you don’t really need an excuse to make this at all. Playing with food is fun!