Broccoli Cheddar Patties

I'm an obsessive magazine reader. In fact, my constant jones for magazines is almost as bad as my lifelong addiction to cookbooks. At any given time you can find at least a dozen magazines, just within reaching distance, piled high on my night table. One of my favorites is Los Angeles Magazine and when their Farmer's Market edition arrived in the mail this month, I was like a baby being given a huge piece of candy.

One of the best articles in the issue was an apples to apples comparison (no pun intended) of shopping at an everyday chain grocer, an upscale chain grocer and a farmers' market for the same amount of vegetables for a roast vegetable dish. The goal of the experiment was to see not only which vegetables cost the least, but also tasted the best.

It probably comes as no surprise to you that I wouldn't have written this post unless the farmers' market was the hands down winner! It won handily, for both cost and flavor! That made me especially happy since I frequently confront the misperception that farmers' markets are more expensive than super markets.

At this time of year when you can easily find things like potatoes, broccoli and cheese to make this delicious side dish, I hope you can find them where you're able to get the freshest produce possible!

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Broccoli Cheddar Patties (Makes 12 Patties)

Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 16 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 Russet Potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 3 Tbsp Panko or Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/8 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Panko or Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Canola or Vegetable Oil

Preparation

1. Place the potato cubes in a steamer pot over boiling water and cook for 8 minutes.

2. Add the broccoli to the steamer pot and steam the vegetables for an additional 2 minutes, or until they are fork tender. Then, remove everything from pot and allow them to cool.

3. Mash the potatoes in a large bowl and chop the broccoli florets into bite-size pieces.

4. Add the broccoli, cheese, panko, salt, egg, garlic and onion powder to the bowl and combine.

5. Place the remaining 1/2 cup of panko in a separate bowl.

6. Using a ice cream scoop or 2 tbsp to measure, roll the mixture into balls, coat them in the panko and then shape each one into a small patty.*

7. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet over medium heat, place the patties in the skillet and press down with a spatula to flatten a little.

8. Pan-fry for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden.

9. Serve with ketchup or any favorite dipping sauce.

To Freeze: After Step 6, place the patties on a baking sheet and freeze for one hour. Put the patties in zipper bags and label. Defrost when ready to use and cook following step #7.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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105 comments

  • Joanna

    Perfect! I was just looking online to see what I could cook for dinner tonight and I just happen to have all of these ingredients in the house! Thank you!

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  • Heather Taylor Kids In The Sink

    These look like a good way to get my kid to eat broccoli, something her normally wont touch.

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  • Kristi

    I have all the ingredients on hand! Will try these tonight. Thanks so much!

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  • Chaitra

    Wow!!!
    Looks delicious and tasty.. I am making this today for sure.

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  • Alice

    I have a child with an egg allergy but would love to try this recipe...any suggestions for an egg replacement?

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    • Angie

      I would also love a recommendation for egg replacement- we have an egg allergy in our house as well

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    • Catherine

      You can also take 1 tbsp of flax seeds and puree it with 2-3 tbsp of water to make a puree that replicates beaten egg. I haven't tried it in this recipe, but it's worth a shot.

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  • Leslie

    Oh, do those look yummy! These will definitely be on our menu this week. All of my daughter's favorite veggies too!

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  • Yeni

    Interesting. Will definitely try this one. My boy also loves your Broccoli and Carrot Orzo recipe. I make that once in a while, especially in a pinch since it's so easy.

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  • Lisa

    I just made these delicious. I tweaked it a little I happen to have mozzerella cheese on hand so I used that instead. They turned out delicious. I think my kids are going to love them.

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    • Catherine

      So happy, mozzarella is a great idea!

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  • Kate

    These are my daughter's favourites - I've been making them for months!

    http://moreterriers.blogspot.com/2011/04/another-recipe-for-kids.html

    kate

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  • Kathy

    can i omit the cheese. My daughter has a dairy allergy... we use vegan gourmet cheese for pizzas but it is highly processed, so i dont like to use it often. thanks!

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    • Catherine

      Yes, you can use vegan cheese or you can leave it out.

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  • Esophian

    i have found that a great way to mince up the broccoli for these kinds of recipes it to just use a box grater and grate the broccoli florets. then you actually don't even need to pre-cook them, the bits are small enough to cook in the frying pan.

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  • Dave J

    Awesome writing would love to see more from you

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  • Rebecca

    Making them as we speak,,,, I was out of bread crumbs so I toasted up a bunch of bread ends and ran them through the food processor hope they work just as good.

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  • Kimmy

    Would cauliflower work instead broccoli?

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    • Kimmy

      So I made these yesterday with caulifower and my little guy loved them! He never eats vegetables, so it was a big success! They were kind of falling apart though when I fried them, any idea why and how to avoid it? Thanks

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  • Alissa Roswick

    With 3 heads of broccoli in the garden that must be eaten pronto... I will make this for lunch tomorrow and some to freeze. They sound fab!

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  • Tasha

    Made these last night and called them crabby patties. Kiddos loved them! Even my seven yr old who has refused to eat potatoes thus far his entire life ate these patties up without blinking. Awesome.

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  • Karen

    Made it last night and it was delish
    I used a Yukon gold potato instead of a Russet
    Also I combined some salsa and sour cream for a dipping sauce...Cant wait to make it again!

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  • Aga

    Made those for my boys for dinner tonight, my 11-month-old loved them, he ate almost 4!, and my picky 3-year-old took few bites. My husband and I thought they were tasty and I loved that they were easy and quick to make. We'll make them again soon!

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  • J

    can i replace potatoes w/ some white beans (cooked) w/ the same outcome?

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  • Figgy

    We just made these tonight and they were awesome! My 2 year old loved smashing the potatoes and stirring the ingredients. He even enjoyed eating them, which really surprised me since he doesn't like potatoes of any kind! Thanks for all the awesome recipes.

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  • Jennifer

    WOW! These were awesome!

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  • Natasha

    We love them! We have also made it with sweet potatoes and leftover mash potatoes. They came out great.

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  • Jann

    Could these be baked in the oven instead of fried?

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    • Evie

      Wondering the same about baking.

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  • Kendra

    Made these yesterday for lunch for my one year old and myself. I added some chopped spinach and very finely chopped mushrooms for extra veggie variety and some Parmesan cheese (I used a little less grated cheddar than was called for). They were fantastic!

    My little guy has been starting to turn up his nose at veggies (I think he's had a few too many treats over the holidays) but he devoured these as fast as they were coming out of the pan.

    How do you get yours so thin though? When I tried to flatten them the edges crumbled and fell apart in the pan. They ended up more like flattened nuggets (didn't hurt the flavor at all but I'm wondering what I was doing wrong).

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  • MontanaRed

    Definitely going to try these... HECK I might even start eating broccoli!! Thank you!

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  • MicIhelle

    Just made these for lunch for my 16 month old daughter. She didn't want them at all. But I have a feeling she wasn't very hungry. Will save for dinner tonight and try again. I thought they were yummy. I did only get 9 1/2 out of this though, not 12. And that was using an ice cream scoop that wasn't completely full.

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  • Laura

    Had these for dinner last night with corn on the cob on the side. They were all devoured in minutes. Fantastic.

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  • Lisa

    Just made for lunch today for me and my girls (3 1/2 & 2). They are so yummy! My 3 1/2 year old ate hers and also helped me do the panko breading. My 2 year old was being a picky pants, so no go. I will definately try these again, especially if I EVER have leftover mashed potatoes. :-)

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  • Sarah

    My daughter (just turned 1) generally eats whatever I give her- with the exception of broccoli. For some reason, she shoves it away every time. But she just devoured these! Thanks.

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  • April

    My one year old triplets love these- I don't have alot of time and this is perfect-easy, quick, and I can make them ahead and freeze them! Thank you:)

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  • Tempsette

    This is my wife's account (and favorite recipe site), but i have to say, these came out amazing. My 12 month old fussy-eater ate half the batch for lunch today. The wife is making one of the stir fry recipes tonight ( http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2011/06/13/stir-fried-brown-rice-chinese-noodles/ ), hopefully with similar results.

    When I used the ice cream scoop I only got six patties, but that's probably because 2 tbsp. is 1 oz. and a standard (American) ice cream scoop is 2 oz. The 2 oz. version reminded me of a burger patty, which I will be sure to re-utilize.

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  • Jenn Harms

    Can you bake these? What time and temperature? I'm really excited to try this recipe!!

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    • Catherine

      I haven't tried baking them, but if I were I would do 350 for probably 15 minutes!

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  • Vari

    What a great recipe. Never witten a review before but you can't go wrong with this one. I am making this right now as an appetizer for a get together tonight! YUM!

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  • Caiti L.

    Can I replace the potato with rice? or add rice? This recipe reminds me of my Grandma's \"Green Rice\"... It would be fun to eat it in patty form :)

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    • Catherine

      I bet rice would work! Give it a try and let me know how it comes out!

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  • Cynthia

    Hi there...,first just want to say thank you for sharing this receipe. I just try it and it was delicious! But i added salmon and turn out perfect :-) It's easy to make and i think it's something that everyone would love,

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  • Tori Carson

    Amazing! I just made these and they taste so good! Even the picky eater of the family likes them :)

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  • Tori Carson

    Amazing! I just made these and they taste SO good! Even the picky eater of the family likes it :) just add a little salt when they're done and they taste like sonic's cheesy tots

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  • Nancy

    Can i freeze these before frying stage?

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    • Catherine

      Yes! If you look at the bottom of the recipe directions there is instructions for freezing! I changed it to say, \"To Freeze\" so it is easier to see! :) Freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet for 1 hour (until they are frozen through) then transfer to a zippered baggie or other freezer appropriate container. When ready to cook the, defrost (I like to let them defrost in the fridge. If you put them in there in the morning they should be ready by dinner time) and cook according to the recipe directions!

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  • Kim H.

    Thanks so much for this recipe! These were soooo good, my husband and I finished the last batch before the kids even got to try any. Whoops. I'm making them again tonight and promise not to eat them all this time. (BTW - found you on Pinterest). Thanks again!

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  • Danielle Z.

    My son is allergic to egg. Do you recommend replacing it with something specific? Can't wait to try these :)

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    • Catherine

      I haven't tried an egg replacer in this recipe. The egg holds it all together so I bet 1 tablespoon of ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons of water would work!

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  • Carrie

    Can you freeze them after the final step? We had leftovers and I wanted to see if you had tried it that way?

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    • Catherine

      I haven't frozen them after baking, but I'm sure that would be okay!

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  • Dottie

    I would like to join your mailings. Thank You!

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  • Uma

    Very nice collection of recipes

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  • erica90250

    Thank you Catherine! My 2 & 4 year old boys love these patties! Even the husband ate a few :)

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  • Ann Nguyen

    Do you think The eggs can cook through ?just worry for my 14 months toodler if the egg not cook well
    Thanks

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    • Catherine

      Yes, the egg cooks through!

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  • Magee

    Great recipe--thank you! I didn't coat them in the extra panko (my son's been off breading lately) and he loved them. What a relief since he's been pushing away almost everything this week!!

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  • Tragre

    I was wondering, can these be reheated? I want to make these and send with my one-year-old to preschool. They only have a microwave. . . what do you think?

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    • Catherine

      I think a few seconds in the microwave would be okay! Too long and they'll probably get rubbery, though.

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  • Joy

    Do you know the calories protein etc?

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    • Catherine

      We are working on getting nutritional information for all these recipes! Coming soon!

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  • Katie

    These were really tasty, but I had a very hard time with them falling apart and sticking to the pan. I think next time I'll add more panko in Step 4.

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    I used turnips instead of potato. Still good!

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  • Victoria

    Can this be baked instead ? I'm trying to keep it low fat :)

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    • Joy B.

      Hi Victoria! While low fat is actually not healthy I wouldn't use the oils this recipe calls for. Those choices ARE unhealthy. If you were to use expeller pressed coconut oil, you would be using a truly healthy oil that is loaded with health benefits and is in no way fattening while staying true to the feel and flavor of this recipe. Good luck :)

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  • Adrimolina

    Did you change this recipe? I remember making them a few months ago and baking them..I don't remember the recipe requiring potatoes either..I just wanted to tell you that they came out amazing!!! YUM! They are SO good! thank you!!

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    • Catherine

      You might be thinking of this one: http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2013/07/07/broccoli-cheese-patties-2/ I have two similar recipes! :)

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  • Mamawit

    Do you use fresh or frozen broccoli for yours? Or does it matter?

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    • Catherine McCord

      Use fresh broccoli! Frozen, once defrosted, is too wet!

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  • Mamawit

    I used my microwave steamer and pureed the broccoli so my picky eaters couldn't see it. And I used frozen to I used frozen broccoli. They turned out great and my picky 2 year old and hubby are eating them!

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  • Yachinda

    Thank youuu so much for the recipe. My picky 18 month old took this and said \"yummy!\". Please keep recipes like this coming.

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  • Kristin

    Thank you for this recipe! You are a genius when it comes to toddler meals. Mine normally flips out over even normal things kids love like rice, potatoes, and corn. He lives on chicken nuggets and sunbutter/jelly sandwiches, which is not what I strive for at all. But you know what? He ate these and loved them, and therefore, I love you for making day have one less fight over food and for getting something healthy in his little body. I am telling every mommy I know about your website. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  • Heather

    These are great! I cook them in my 'george foreman' grill- like a sandwich press. Then I don't have to turn them and they seem to stick together better.

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  • Jody

    I just baked these and they turned out great!!
    350 10 minutes on each side

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    • Jody

      i put parchment paper on a baking sheet and sprayed with oil from a mister, and then sprayed the patties once i placed them

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  • Lucia

    We love it! I have a 16 months girl! Good recipe to be sneaky with the fish ;) thank you!

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  • Emily

    These were extremely easy, fast, and yummy!

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  • Monique M

    Love these! I've been making them for years but am only now paying attention to the nutritional info. Can you confirm what a service size is? Thanks!

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  • Daksha

    Have you tried to air fry these? I am obsessed with my air fryer and want to have a few more recipes for it

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  • Marisa

    My baby loves these, and I make them often. but I was wondering can you use sweet potato? I figured I would change it up a bit since she likes sweet potato.

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    • McCord

      Sweet potato should work just fine!

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  • Rachdan

    My 16 month old only has 2 teeth so these are perfect for her and she absolutely loves them. I just made your mashed potato cakes for her to try when she wakes up from her nap so I am hopeful she will like those also...

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    • McCord

      So glad these are a hit!

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