Real Food: Parmesan Broccoli Fritters

As runners, we’ve all made a commitment to good health.  But to be as healthy as we can be (not to mention perform our best as athletes), we need to eat the right stuff.  Real runners need real food.  Our new “Real Food” series will give you some ideas. 

Parmesan Broccoli Fritters

Some of the most useful recipes for runners are the ones that help you replace something junky with something healthy.  These broccoli fritters are easy to make and are a super-nutritious alternative to everyday munchies like chips, potato skins, or any of those chain-restaurant fried appetizers for which we all get a craving from time to time.  This one comes from Smitten Kitchen, a good site to check out for lots of other great ideas, too.

Here’s what they look like.

And here’s how to make them.


8 ounces fresh broccoli (3 cups chopped)
1 egg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
A pinch of red pepper flakes
Olive or vegetable oil for frying (2-3 tablespoons)

Where you come in

Cut your florets into 1-inch chunks and chop stems down to half an inch. Steam broccoli, drain, and let cool.  After that, lightly beat the egg and mix flour, cheese, and seasonings. Drop in your broccoli and mash up with a potato masher (just mash a bit…doesn’t need to be smooth).

Then heat up the oil until a drop of water will sputter and begin adding tablespoon-sized balls of your batter, pressing into patties as you go. Flip once they’ve browned (usually 2 to 3 minutes) cooking until both sides are nicely done. Remove fritters once done and let drain on a paper towel. Enjoy!

We’re always on the lookout for new dishes to share.  Drop your favorites in the comments any time and we’ll consider using your submission for a future edition of “Real Food.”

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