Cheese and broccoli cakes

    1 hour 14 min

    Instead of fried potato cakes, try these savoury baked broccoli cakes made with Cheddar cheese, garlic and breadcrumbs. Both kids and adults will love these. Serve warm with ketchup or your favourite dipping sauce.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 350g broccoli florets
    • 2 teaspoons sea salt, divided
    • 100g finely grated Cheddar cheese
    • 120g panko breadcrumbs
    • 50g minced onion
    • 1 large egg
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 2 cloves garlic, grated
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or to taste

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:34min  ›  Extra time:10min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr14min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
    2. Place 1/2 of the broccoli florets in a food processor; pulse about 20 times until it looks like grains of rice. Repeat with remaining broccoli florets.
    3. Fill a large, shallow saucepan with 2cm water; add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and add broccoli rice. Cover and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and let cool, about 10 minutes.
    4. Transfer broccoli rice to the centre of a clean drying cloth. Squeeze and twist the drying cloth to remove as much of the moisture as possible.
    5. Mix Cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs, onion, egg, parsley, garlic, cumin and black pepper together in a large bowl. Mix in broccoli rice until mixture sticks together when pressed into a ball.
    6. Scoop up 1 1/2 tablespoons of mixture; form into a ball and press into the shape of a potato cake or croquette using oiled hands. Place on the prepared baking tray. Repeat with remaining mixture.
    7. Drizzle olive oil over broccoli cakes. Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon salt on top.
    8. Bake in the preheated oven, turning halfway with tongs, until golden brown, about 24 minutes.


    Step 4 is important. The dryer the broccoli rice is, the better the flavour and texture of the broccoli cakes will be.

    Parmesan cheese:

    Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.

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