Broccoli Patties with Arugula and Champagne Vinaigrette for #SundaySupper

This week’s Sunday Supper is all about the Skinny.  One thing that has helped keep our family less-thick was our move to more vegetarian meals. Most of our decision to go vegetarian 3-4 times a week came from Mark Bittman’s New York Times article “The Meat Guzzler.”  Besides the benefit of eating less meat and its more positive environmental impact and the fact that we changed to eating more expensive, local grass-fed meats to support local ranchers, we also benefitted from the smart at home vegetarian made meals.

One of my favorite vegetarian dishes is variations on potato pancakes.  Here I use broccoli, but you can use zucchini, squash, carrots and of course potatoes. It’s a fairly flexible recipe.  I really prefer the broccoli version though as it goes well with a champagne vinaigrette.

Broccoli Patties with Arugula and Champagne Vinaigrette
Serves 4-6

6 cups broccoli, chopped
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 cup parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes
olive oil for frying


1/4 cup champagne vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Chop the broccoli into bite-sized chunks then steam using a steamer or boil for 5 minutes.  After cooking, set aside to cool.

In a large bowl add eggs, flour and parmasen cheese. Mix together.  Add broccoli, bread crumbs, garlic, pepper flakes and salt and pepper.  Combine everything and then using a potato masher, combine everything so the broccoli is still noticeable, but not too big.

Heat a non-stick pan on medium-high heat. When hot add the oil. Scoop out broccoli mixture into a large ball and then gently press the ball into a flat pancake while in the pan.  You should be able to fit 3-4 in a pan.  Heat and flip after about 4-5 minutes, making sure not to burn but still getting a nice crust on each side. Place finished patties on paper towel and continue making until mixture is finished.

To make the dressing, combine the vinegar and dijon mustard.  Season with salt and pepper then pour in the olive oil slowly combining constantly to keep the dressing thick. Whisk to finish combining and add more oil if vinegar is too strong.

Arrange arugula on a plate with two broccoli patties and then drizzle dressing over everything. Serve.


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  • http://twitter.com/NicoleHCook Nicole Humphrey Cook

    I just love your broccoli patties! These look so fabulous and I love the Vinaigrette!!

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Thanks Nicole. They are fabulous and the dressing is wonderful with them. I used a dijon tarragon mustard and it made them extra special.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sherron.n.watson Sherron Nagle Watson

    What a great idea! We enjoy broccoli and this is a great new recipe to try.

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Thanks Sherron.

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  • http://twitter.com/familyfoodie Isabel Foodie

    These are now on my must try list for sure! I love love love broccoli and Arugula!

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      That must be quite a list. ;)

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  • http://twitter.com/VillageGirlBlog Shannon

    Yum! I love broccoli and I can’t wait to try your vinaigrette! Thanks for sharing

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Great. Let me know how you like them.

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  • http://twitter.com/ssunithi Sunithi Selvaraj, RD

    That is a great article and going veggie a couple times a week is such a great way to stay less thick :) !Almost convinced myself. Do veggie once/ week now. Love this recipe & the fact that it can be made with other veggies too. Yumm ! feel like making some today ! Thanks for joining Skinny Sunday Supper !

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Sure thing Sunithi. Thanks for hosting the event this week.

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  • Kathia Rodriguez

    Love your recipe.

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Thanks Kathia

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    What a perfect way of eating some vegetarian meals! Arugula and broccoli, I love them both!

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Thanks Paula

  • Katie

    I adore broccoli, but I’ve never made it into patty form before! I have to try out this recipe!

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Does one adore broccoli? Why not. It’s flowering with beautiful green colors. Perhaps some poetry is in order: Ode to Broccoli Floret.

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  • http://twitter.com/reneedobbs Renee Dobbs

    You got this southern gal’s attention. I’ve loved potato pancakes and all the variations using veggies all my life. Great recipe!

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Thanks Renee. I too love a good potato pancake. Let me know how you think these are.

  • Tammi @ Momma’s Meals

    OMG I love this idea!!! What a healthy dish and I bet my daughter could be tricked into eating this one!! Thank for sharing!

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Does this make me an accomplice in tricking some poor helpless child? :)

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  • The Ninja Baker

    Brilliant, Chris! Your broccoli patties recipe is going in my Recipes I Want to Make file. Nice to know that other veggies such as zucchini can be used too.

  • http://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/ Stacy

    My two daughters have turned vegetarian on me so I am always on the lookout for tasty dishes we all will like. These broccoli patties would certainly fit the bill! Pinning on my Recipes to Try board. Thanks, Chris!

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Thanks Stacy. I make a lot of vegetarian and post recipes here and keep track of what I find on pinterest too. Checkout my Mostly Vegetarian board at http://www.pinterest.com/cbaccus

  • http://twitter.com/supperforasteal Lane R

    These sound terrific. I am a huge broccoli fan, never made it in a patty though. Plus that champagne vinagrette sounds pretty good also

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      They are quite easy. Vegetarian patties, pancakes, fritters are all simple and quite flavorful and a great way to enjoy vegetarian for a meal.

  • Kim Beaulieu

    First I love this dish. It’s such a cool way to get broccoli into to kids who maybe don’t care for it. Personally I love the stuff. Especially steamed. I am so impressed by the vinaigrette.

    I have a confession, and it’s a big one, I have no idea who Mark Bittman is. I have so many foodie friends who love the guy. Not sure if it’s a Canuck thing or the fact that I live the culinary black hole. I need to take some time to google him. We try to do meatless twice a week.

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Mark Bittman is a columnist for the NYTimes. Here is a link to his articles: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/mark_bittman/index.html

      His book Food Matters is a good intro too plus it comes with recipes. Though very basic ones as Bittman is all about showing how easy it is to cook at home and wants to demystify the falsehood that we are all too busy to cook. He also writes a lot on food policy, but is not as local, organic focused as author Michael Pollan, another favorite of mine and many others.

  • http://www.wendyweekendgourmet.com/ Wendy

    I love broccoli and am always looking for ways to enjoy it. Hubby? Not so much. I think he would go for these, though! A mini version of these would be a fabulous appetizer base…

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      A few people felt this was a great way to sneak in veggies to unwilling kids. I’m sure unwilling hubbies it works with too.

  • Megan Wood

    Well, I have made zucchini patties before but never broccoli! Awesome!!!

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Thanks! Me too. I have to say these are better than any zucchini patty I’ve made.

  • http://yummysmells.blogspot.com/ Sarah R

    Yum! I like broccoli anyways but this is awesome

    • http://www.sustainabledad.com/ Chris Baccus

      Thanks Sarah.

  • diabeticFoodie

    Loving the idea of the champagne vinaigrette. Great recipe! Like your family, we’re trying to eat more vegetarian meals too.

  • http://profiles.google.com/lizzy.do Lizzy Do

    I’ve made lots of veggie fritters/patties but never broccoli! They look fantastic…and my hubby would eat them, too :)

  • http://twitter.com/HipFoodieMom1 Alice Choi

    oh my goodness! I seriously love this! broccoli patties!!! totally going to try this!

  • http://twitter.com/wallet_appetite Laura Hunter

    Oh these look great, I can’t wait to see if my toddler likes it. We always ate 3-4 meals a week vegetarian before my month meat-free challenge but now I have been even more motivated to keep it up. We saw a big difference in our food budget eating meat-free during January. And now we only buy our meat from our local butcher where all the meat is locally sourced. By the way the champagne vinaigrette sounds amazing.

  • Sarah

    This sounds amazing! I need to make this asap! Just looking at it makes me happy right now!

  • Sarah

    This sounds amazing! I need to make this asap! Just looking at it makes me happy right now!

  • Nancy

    I’m drooling looking at your gorgeous patties. I love that these aren’t made with potato (carbs are definitely my weakness…well…one of my many food weaknesses!). The vinaigrette sounds delicious.

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