Sunday, December 22, 2013

Grandma Joan's Asparagus Patties!

These asparagus patties are a family favorite. My Grandma usually makes them but these days, I've been filling in.  They're a great appetizer for a holiday party or gathering because it's something different than a dip or bread. They're also freezer friendly so you can make a large batch in advance. Just defrost and microwave before serving!!

You could switch things up and swap out the asparagus for any of your favorite vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, or artichoke hearts would work just fine!

Gram's Asparagus Patties
2 bunches asparagus, trimmed and chopped into pieces
6-8 eggs, beaten
1 cup plain breadcrumbs
1 cup locatelli cheese (or more)
Salt and pepper to taste

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Drop the chopped asparagus in and boil for ~15 minutes until soft and tender. Drain and let cool. Pour asparagus into a medium sized mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork until it looks like this:

Next, add the eggs, breadcrumbs, and cheese. Stir until well combined. If the mixture is too wet, add more cheese. If too dry, add another egg (I start with 6). It should look like this:

Heat a large nonstick skillet or electric skillet and cover the bottom with oil. Drop a heaping tablespoon of the mixture into the skillet at a time like this:

Brown both sides - about 3 minutes a side and place on a paper towel to drain. Sprinkle with salt. Serve warm or at room temp!

To freeze: Place in a freezer safe bag and store in freezer. 

To defrost: Place in the refrigerator overnight and microwave until warmed through before serving. 


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