Friday, January 25, 2013

Broccoli Cheddar Jalapeno & Quinoa Fritters

It's fritter-time again! There are few things you can count on here. There'll always be lots of fritter recipes, chocolate indulgences, art and embroidery on this little blog. If you search for fritters here, you'll find at least three different recipes, like these light as air chickpea fritters or these crispy black bean fritters or these Thai-inspired corn fritters.  I love fritters! 

The paintings in this post are by one of my favorite etsy artists, Janet Hill. Her work is so charming, isn't it?  Her paintings remind me of peaceful moments.... the joys of spending the day cooking, reading and relaxing. My idea of bliss. You can find her work here.


Back to the fritters....light, moist and fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, I think even picky eaters will like them. When I brought them to my taste testers at the hospital where I work, they received an A+. If you think you don't like quinoa, try it in this recipe. I think you'll change your mind.

Broccoli Cheddar Jalapeno Fritter Recipe

Some Notes:

These fritters are a healthier riff on the typical deep fried jalapeno poppers that have become a staple item on American bar menus. They're quickly and lightly pan fried and served with fresh lime wedges. It's sort of like making pancakes. They cook that fast.

There's a bit of cheddar cheese in them providing a mellow creaminess against the heat of the jalapeno. Quinoa adds protein. Broccoli complements the cheddar in a good way. Think broccoli cheddar soup and you'll get the idea.

You have two choices for the flour you use in this recipe. For a gluten-free version, Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix is my go-to choice. Self rising flour works beautifully too.

I think kids will like them if you leave out the jalapeno and serve them with a little ketchup. It's a good way to get them to eat broccoli and quinoa. They're loaded with protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and calcium.

The fritters can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge for few days. They reheat well in the microwave. They lose some crispiness but still retain their flavor. They're great for healthy, flavorful workweek lunches with a side of salsa and tortilla chips.

I serve them with tangy lime and a dollop of lite sour cream. Your favorite salsa would pair nicely with them too.

They've been featured on The Huffington PostBuzz Feed Food & Honest Cooking. Readers have prepared them many different ways. Some have even baked them. It makes my heart happy to see people  enjoying them. The joy of blogging is sharing my favorite recipes with you. 

Makes about 10 fritters. I hope you enjoy them too!

You'll Need:
  • 1 generous cup of cooked broccoli, slightly cooled and diced into very small pieces. I usually steam it or boil it until bright green and tender. 
  • 4-6 scallions, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 1-2 limes, zest one and reserve the zest.
  • 1/4 cup or a small handful of chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (optional)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese or cheese of your choice.
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cups of Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix or self rising flour (see notes)
  • sea salt to taste
  • olive oil or neutral tasting oil for pan frying
  •  To Serve: lime wedges, sour cream, Greek yogurt and/or salsa 

The Rundown:
Place the cooked broccoli, cooked quinoa, cheese, chili pepper, scallions, lime zest, parsley, milk, salt and eggs in a large bowl. Add Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix or self rising flour  to the bowl and stir everything together. Start with 1/3 cup of Pamela's Gluten Free Mix or self rising flour and add more if the mixture seems too wet. Add enough of Pamela's mix or self rising flour to form a batter similar to the texture of thick pancake batter.

Heat a large nonstick frying pan on medium high with a tablespoon or so of olive oil. I used my non-stick Scanpan for this recipe. Drop batter by 1/3 cup fulls into the hot pan. Cook until golden brown on each side. Serving options are listed above. Enjoy! 
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  1. These Fritters look very good

  2. Was looking around on tastespotting for broccoli/cheddar things and these fit the bill! Looks very good, never tried quinoa in a fritter before, but love the idea of extra protein.

    1. Hi There, I hope you like them. The quinoa is not overpowering. It does bump up the protein. I love all kinds of fritters! Happy Cooking! Thanks for stopping by, Jilly

    2. Made these for dinner tonight! I did not plan things out well, and ~someone~ had left only one egg in the fridge, but halving the recipe worked fine to make 5 fritters, enough for dinner for two with a nice piece of white fish and some salad.

      ~Things I learned~
      -Check to make sure there are as many eggs as you think
      -I might consider using a red chili next time for prettiness' sake, but I like heat
      -Use two spatulas for the first turn

      Thanks for the recipe, will be making it again!

    3. Oh I'm so glad you tried them and liked them (even with the missing egg). :)
      I'm sure they're great with fish! Thanks for the helpful tips. I think a red chili is a great idea! Thanks for posting this comment.

  3. Made these tonight & they are going on my favourite recipies list. my 3 fussy eaters who won't eat quinoa or broccoli on it's own, devoured these poppers!

    1. Hi StakiMama, so happy you liked them! For me, the ultimate joy of blogging is sharing recipes. Thanks for letting me know.

  4. These were very good! My "batter" was nothing like pancake batter though. Mine turned out more just like patties. I followed the directions exactly so wasn't sure if I should have added more liquid, but I didn't. They turned out really tasty, but not really like a fritter, more like a quinoa cake. But, like I said, VERY yummy!

  5. Hi Carroll, glad you enjoyed them. I guess you used your good cooking judgement with the decision to not add more liquid. I guess you can call them cakes or patties too. I wish I could have a more accurate description of the batter. If you think of one let me know. I'll add "thick" to the batter description. Thanks for leaving a comment and happy cooking!

  6. Hi Jill, can you use regular flour? Is self rising flour absolutely necessary?

    1. Hi there, I've never tried it with regular flour. Self rising flour has baking powder in it. I think it would work with regular flour and a pinch of baking powder. Thanks for leaving a comment. Hope you try them!