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Broccoli Cheese Patties Shared By My Friend

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Broccoli Cheese Patties
Broccoli Cheese Patties

Got broccoli?  I really, really like broccoli.  As a kid, I don’t think I ever tasted broccoli, except maybe in a broccoli, rice, and cheese casserole, and even then that may have been after I grew up and started cooking on my own.

My last blog post was about friendship and this recipe comes from another of my God-given friends.  Sue and I met when I was 21 years old, a young wife and mother of a 2-week old baby.  We moved into the house next door to Sue, her husband Bill and their 3-year-old son, Warren.

Sue and I quickly became friends over the garden fence and migrated to her kitchen where we spent countless hours pouring over recipes, cookbooks and the latest news of the neighborhood. She taught me how to can green beans (and I ruined her canner in the process).  Canning pickles were next and I am sure cooking broccoli was in there somewhere!


Thousands of miles have separated us for many years.  But a phone call, an email, or a recipe, and we are in sync as if we have never been apart!

yum borccoli patties

Last fall she sent me this recipe.  She wrote a quick message saying she thinks they are “super” and even Bill liked them, and broccoli isn’t his favorite.

Well, broccoli is my favorite but this recipe settled near the bottom of a pile on my desk.  Thanksgiving came and went.  December was a blur.  January settled in cold and rainy.  We needed something “special” to perk up a mid-week dinner.  Broccoli cheese patties to the rescue!

broccoli patty upclose

These patties are quick and easy to make.  They are baked in the oven and while the recipe calls for sharp cheddar cheese, a hot pepper jack will take the flavor over the top!

Next time I make them I will include an aioli sauce and I really can’t wait!  These little patties are crisp on the outside and yummy, creamy, warm and tender on the inside.

For 39 years I have called Sue my “walking book of knowledge.” She has a home economics degree, a very quick wit and a heart of gold. She makes me laugh and sometimes we cry.  Who could ask for anything more in a friend?

I love you Sue and keep the recipes coming!

Happy Baking!
~Catherine

Broccoli Cheese Patties
 
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Let the fun begin with broccoli, cheese and this delicious side dish!
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Recipe type: Vegetable Side Dish
Serves: 8-9 patties
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ onion, chopped finely
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag frozen broccoli -- defrosted
  • ¾ cups breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • ⅓ cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. In a small frying pan melt butter on medium heat. Saute' the onions and garlic in the butter until translucent.
  2. Place defrosted broccoli in a strainer for 30 minutes (longer if still frozen) in the sink. Blot well and chop the broccoli into smaller pieces.
  3. Beat eggs in a mixing bowl. Add breadcrumbs, cheeses, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add broccoli and onion mixture. Mix well.
  4. On a cookie sheet use the 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and grease the cookie sheet. Form patties, they are about ½ cup each. (A large scoop works well.) Press together well.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15 minutes on one side and then turn them over. Bake another 15 minutes or until browned and crispy around the edges.
  6. Serve with a favorite sauce or aioli.

 

 

My New Favorite Veggie Casserole – Thanksgiving’s Coming!

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Mixed veggies casserole

UPDATE!  My friend Maribeth says she chopped up cooked chicken breast to add to the dish and made a main dish meal out of it.  She also added a sprinkling of dry ranch dressing to the mayonnaise before mixing up.  I’m making this again with chicken!  YUM!  (I can imagine chopped ham also making a great addition.)

It was a Community Bible Study fellowship luncheon. That means that once a month our leadership group has a meal together and we talk, laugh, share, and in general, have a blast!


As I made my way down the food table I came across this casserole (well, one like it made by my friend Mary Ann).  I took a “little” scoop since I couldn’t quite name all ingredients.  BIG MISTAKE.

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Butternut, Potato and Onion Crustless Quiche

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Butternut, Potato and Onion Quiche, The Orgasmic Chef
Butternut, Potato and Onion Quiche, The Orgasmic Chef

I know, you know, I never met a Quiche I didn’t like.  So imagine my excitement when I saw this picture from Maureen at The Orgasmic Chef.  It is autumn in the United States and pumpkins and spice and all things nice are dancing in my head.  This includes butternut squash!

Maureen begins her blog post by saying, “The other day I was reading Chris Scheuers post about crustless mini-quiches. It was about 11am and I was determined to make one for lunch.”    I just smiled when I read that because I am totally one of those “I want to make that NOW” kind of cooks.  Birds of a feather and all that.

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Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

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Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

Have you ever baked potatoes in your Crock Pot?  Why would you? I can think of several reasons.  On this particular day I was going to be gone all afternoon and when I got home I put some meat on the grill for supper.  I wanted the potatoes done at the same time.  The outside temperatures have been 90 degrees and 90% humidity and so turning on my oven wasn’t appealing.

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