Sunday, April 10, 2011

Broccoli a Pasteta - Cauliflower Croquettes

Although I published this post a few months ago, we had eaten them so fast I missed the opportunity to photograph them.  Having remade them today, I photographed them and am republishing this one.

Broccoli a Pasteta is one of my favorite side dishes. Growing up in an Italian home, these were on the table pretty often during a Sunday meal. Try these and you'll have a new found love of cauliflower. And yes, cauliflower in Sicilian is called broccoli! Go figure.

You'll need:

1 large (or 2 small) head of cauliflower rough chopped and steamed
1 cup all purpose flour
2 cloves garlic minced
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano, grated
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup hot water
salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

Steam cauliflower, then rough chop to bite size pieces. In a large bowl, combine cauliflower, flour, garlic, eggs, grated cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Add water so that batter becomes slightly more dense than pancake batter.

On medium-low heat, add oil in a 10 inch skillet coating bottom of the pan. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to form croquettes. You can fit 4 croquettes at a time. Cook until golden brown, turn and cook another few minutes. Add a little more oil to the pan if needed and repeat with the remaining batter.

Makes 24 croquettes



  1. Yum!! Have you ever tried it with broccoli?

  2. Julia.. I follow Gina.. now I'm following you... I just made this tonight and they are amazing. Zucchini would be great, I bet, too. I'm Middle Eastern and if I didn't know better, I would think I'm italian. Thank you.

  3. Judy, funny you say that. I have many friends who if I close my eyes, I would think were Italians too! Glad you tried these :)

  4. I tried these tonight and they are good. I also tried baking some. Not the same, but maybe a lower fat option. Have you ever baked/broiled instead of fried?

  5. Hi anonymous, I did try baking these once. They weren't good at all. My kids wouldn't eat them and neither would I !!! sautéed them in a tiny bit of oil and repotted them to be very good

  6. How long do you steam your cauliflower and mine fell apart the first time, should I add breadcrumbs or more flour?

  7. Less water or larger eggs will help bind them if they were falling apart. Medium eggs versus jumbo may be the culprit. Try the jumbo eggs next time. I steam them till a fork inserted goes in and out easily. So sorry they didn't work out for you.

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