I am so excited to share this post with you. Several months ago I met Tijuana, creator and author of the website and blog, Po'Man Meals. She is a fellow "eastie". I was a former "eastie". For those of you who aren't aware of my language, I call all my friends back on the east coast my "easties".
We started corresponding during a time many recipes were being stolen and re posted by others who claimed them as their own. We started sharing information and became fast friends. I approached her about doing a recipe swap. I chose one of her recipes and she chose one of mine and we get to work! Because of the aforementioned situation, I had to choose her most stolen recipe! HA! OK, besides all that, it looked SO good. Cheese, broccoli, more cheese, bread crumbs, I mean OBVIOUSLY I couldn't go wrong!
This is a great side dish. I happened to serve it the same night I had chicken fried steak. I confess, I ate one straight out of the oven. Glorious. I have never eaten anything like this. I think it is genius. I think you MIGHT even get your broccoli haters to eat it! Yes, I mean it! I anticipate making these on the regular, in fact, I had 3 left over, and I am saving those for some grilled chicken tomorrow night. I had to have my husband hide them in the fridge. I did! I will eat them. Trust me, you will see what I mean.
If you haven't visited her website or Facebook fan page Po'man Meals Facbook Fan Page please do! Her food is amazing! I will list her other social media at the end of this post. Thanks Tijuana for swapping recipes with me, I can't think of a THING that would have made this more of a success, easy recipe, easy ingredients, DE-licious and quick. Thanks my friend!
Here is what you need:
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped fine
1 - 12oz bag of frozen broccoli, defrosted (pieces not whole)
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese (I might have added 3/4 but I swear it was an accident!)
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
2 eggs beaten
salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. In a small skillet, add your oil, garlic and onions. Saute until onions and garlic are tender, don't let the garlic burn! When it is done, set aside to cool.
Pour your your broccoli into a dishtowel and squeezed until as much liquid is out as possible! Ring that baby until it is as dry as you can get it! Now add it to a large bowl along with the cooled onion and garlic mixture, breadcrumbs, cheeses, eggs and salt and pepper. (1/2 tsp is what Tijuana used, I used a whole tsp, so go with your gut my friends). I added plenty of black pepper as well because, well, I like it. A lot.
Combine all ingredients until mixed well. Line your baking sheet with foil. I sprayed mine with nonstick cooking spray as well. Form mixture into patties. You might think it won't work, but I promise it will just really pack them together and flatten slightly. I made 6 larger patties, but the recipes is supposed to make 8. The choice is yours. They take the same amount of time to cook. Place until prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip over and bake another 15 minutes. They will be browned and crispy!
I hope you try these. It is obvious why this recipe is so popular on her website. No wonder so many people steal it and claim it as theirs, I want to be responsible for this kind of goodness too!
Your "is hooked on cheesy roasted broccoli patties" Chefwannabe
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