These fritters are a healthier riff on the typical deep fried jalapeno poppers that have become a staple item on American bar menus. They're quickly and lightly pan fried and served with fresh lime wedges. It's sort of like making pancakes. They cook that fast.
There's a bit of cheddar cheese in them providing a mellow creaminess against the heat of the jalapeno. Quinoa adds protein. Broccoli complements the cheddar in a good way. Think broccoli cheddar soup and you'll get the idea.
You have two choices for the flour you use in this recipe. For a gluten-free version, Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix is my go-to choice. I love this stuff! It gives them a wonderful light and airy texture, which is welcome in a fritter. Self rising flour will work too.
I think kids will like them if you leave out the jalapeno and serve them with a little ketchup. It's a good way to get them to eat broccoli and quinoa. They're loaded with protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and calcium. They've been featured on Buzz Feed Food & Honest Cooking. —Jilly Inspired
generous cup of cooked broccoli, slightly cooled and diced into very small pieces. I usually steam it or boil it until bright green and tender.
scallions, finely diced
jalapeno pepper, minced
cooked and cooled quinoa
limes, zest one and reserve the zest.
small handful of chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (optional)
grated cheddar cheese or cheese of your choice.
of Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix or self rising flour
sea salt to taste
olive oil or neutral tasting oil for pan frying
lime wedges, sour cream, parsley, cilantro, Greek yogurt or salsa are serving options
In This Recipe
Place the cooked broccoli, cooked quinoa, cheese, chili pepper, scallions, lime zest, parsley, milk, salt and eggs in a large bowl. Add Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix or self rising flour to the bowl and stir everything together. Start with 1/3 cup of Pamela's Gluten Free Mix or self rising flour and add more if the mixture seems too wet. Add enough of Pamela's mix or self rising flour to form a batter similar to the texture of pancake batter.
Heat a large nonstick frying pan on medium high with a tablespoon or so of olive oil. I used my non-stick Scanpan for this recipe. Drop batter by 1/3 cup fulls into the hot pan. Cook until golden brown on each side. Lime wedges, lite sour cream, salsa, cilantro, parsley and Greek yogurt are serving options.