We started discing 6 acres for wheat today. The ground has dried enough that we are able to drive in the fields. We are hopeful that there are many more rains to come and that the wheat will do well.
We are slowly weeding the garlic as we have time, as well as staying on top of the weeds in the high tunnels. The list of winter projects is slowly shrinking, although we have much more we would like to do!
This week's pick list:
- Winter squash
- Brussel Sprouts
- Parsley, Dill, and Cilantro
- Revolution Bread is available
Broccoli Parmesan Fritters, from smitten kitchen.com
- 8 ounces fresh broccoli (3 cups chopped)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup (65 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup (30 grams) finely grated parmesan cheese
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more to taste
- A pinch of red pepper flakes or several grinds of black pepper
- Olive or vegetable oil for frying
Prepare your broccoli: Separate the florets from the biggest stem(s). Cut the florets into 1-inch chunks. To prepare the stems, I like to peel them, as the skin can be thick and doesn’t cook quickly, then slice them into 1/2-inch lengths. You should have about 3 cups of chopped broccoli total.
Steam your broccoli until tender but not mushy: Use whatever method you prefer. My quickie, lazy method is to bring a 1/2-inch or so of water to a boil in a small saucepan, then add the broccoli, place a lid on it and simmer it for 5 to 6 minutes. Drain the broccoli, then set it aside to cool slightly.
In the bottom of a large bowl, lightly beat your egg. Add the flour, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Then, add the somewhat cooled broccoli and, using a potato masher, mash the broccoli just a bit. You’re looking to keep the bits recognizable, but small enough (1/4- to 1/2-inch chunks) that you can press a mound of the batter into a fritter in the pan. Once mashed a bit, stir or fold the ingredients together the rest of the way with a spoon. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Heat a large, heavy skillet over moderate heat. Once hot, add a good slick of oil (I usually use a mix of olive and vegetable oil), about 2 to 3 tablespoons. Once the oil is hot (you can test it by flicking a droplet of water into it; it should hiss and sputter), scoop a two tablespoon-size mound of the batter and drop it into the pan, then flatten it slightly with your spoon or spatula. Repeat with additional batter, leaving a couple inches between each. Once brown underneath, about 2 to 3 minutes, flip each fritter and cook on the other side until equally golden, about another 1 to 2 minutes.
Transfer briefly to paper towels to drain, then to a serving plate if you’ll be eating them shortly or a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven if you’d like to keep them warm for a while until needed. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more oil as needed. Serve with some of the suggestions listed in the head notes, above.