Vegan Spiced Broccoli Patties with Garlic Tahini Mayo

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Columnist Seiran Sinjari is starting the new year off with delectable recipe for Spiced Broccoli Patties with Garlic Tahini Mayo. Her recipe column All About the Veg! is all about highlighting the versatility of fruits and vegetables by shining a spotlight on a different one in each of her articles. 

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Vegan Spiced Broccoli Patties with Garlic Tahini Mayo

First All About the Veg column of the year and we’re really focusing on the veg this week! It’s veganuary and many of us are trying to get in as many nourishing veggies as possible, but let’s also try to find new, fun and delicious ways to prepare them.

Broccoli is in season which means they taste good and they are also affordable. That’s actually two of many great things when you’re cooking with seasonal produce. A little tip now that we’re at the beginning of the year, check what’s in season for each month before going grocery shopping. This will of course vary depending on where in the world you’re based but if you do a google search for your area you’ll get lots of useful information when it comes to seasonal veggie shopping.

Back to the broccoli. Fun fact about broccoli, it has way more vitamin C than lemons, so whenever you feel like you need some extra vitamin C, have some broccoli with a squeeze of lemon! Broccoli is also high in fiber and other nutrients, plus it actually has more protein than many other vegetables. 

You can steam, char or sauté it and even have it raw. I love raw broccoli, especially the stem, finley sliced in salads or just dipping it into hummus. The stem is crispy and a little peppery in flavor when raw. But today we’re cooking the broccoli, two ways actually. First we’re quickly blanching it and then turning it into oven baked patties.

These broccoli patties are packed with flavors and they’re crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth creamy inside. They don’t really need any sauce or dip as they hold so much flavor on their own but if you’re extra when it comes to food (I know I am), I’m also sharing a super simple recipe for a vegan garlic tahini mayo. 

Before we get to the recipe, here are a few tips for selecting broccoli at the grocery store. Look for vibrant florets with firm stems and dark green buds. Avoid broccoli with buds that begin to turn yellow or limp. You can of course also go for frozen broccoli, maybe not for this recipe, but they are great to keep on hand for quick meals.

What you’ll need

For Broccoli patties:

  • broccoli florets
  • potatoes
  • olive oil
  • yellow onion
  • ground coriander
  • ground cumin
  • sweet paprika powder
  • Aleppo chili or other mild chili flakes (more or less to taste)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • tomato paste
  • coriander or parsley
  • pitted olives
  • all purpose flour
  • cornstarch
  • panko bread crumbs
  • roasted sesame seeds
  • oil for spraying 

For Garlic Tahini Mayo:

  • tahini
  • vegan mayonnaise
  • water
  • lemon juice
  • garlic clove
  • salt

Serve with (optional):

  • pickles of choice
  • red onion slices
  • fresh herbs (such as, parsley, coriander and mint)

How to make these Vegan Spiced Broccoli Patties with Garlic Tahini Mayo

Step one: make the Broccoli patties

  • Preheat the oven to 200 C / 390 F.
  • Cut broccoli into chunky florets, including stems.
  • Peel potatoes, place in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Remove potatoes from boiling water and let cool, now blanch the broccoli in the water for 1-2 minutes until vibrant green.
  • Drain broccoli well in a colander and let cool. Squeeze out any liquid from the florets with your hands.
  • Place broccoli in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped but not mushy. Place in a large bowl. Rice potatoes with a potato ricer or roughly mash them with a fork or potato masher, add to the bowl.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add onions and all seasoning, stir well. Fry until the onion has softened, add tomato paste and stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Add the mixture to the bowl along with coriander, olives, flour and cornstarch. Mix well, the mixture is going to be pretty sticky but if it’s too wet add some more flour and cornstarch.
  • Add panko crumbs and sesame seeds to a plate and mix well. 
  • Form small patties with your hands, and carefully cover them with the crumbs. Place them on a large oven sheet lined with parchment paper. When you’ve placed them on the sheet you can shape them again as they will be very soft.
  • Spray the top of the patties with olive oil or other cooking oil.
  • Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 20 minutes. Carefully flip them with a spatule, spray them and return to the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • When you remove them from the oven they will feel pretty soft but let them cool and they will hold their shape. First let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a plate and let cool for another 5-10 minutes. 

Step Two: Make the Garlic Tahini Mayo

  • Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl until creamy, add more water if it’s too thick. Serve with the broccoli patties and other condiments.
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Vegan Spiced Broccoli Patties

Vegan Spiced Broccoli Patties with Garlic Tahini Mayo

  • Author: Seiran Sinjari
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Flavorful patties packed with broccoli, potatoes and aromatic seasonings. They’re crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth creamy inside. 


Ingredients

Scale

For Broccoli patties:

  • 200 g broccoli florets
  • 300 g potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp Aleppo chili or other mild chili flakes (more or less to taste)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 small bunch coriander or parsley, finely chopped
  • 50 g pitted olives, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 40 g panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • oil for spraying 

For Garlic Tahini Mayo:

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • salt to taste

Serve with (optional):

  • pickles of choice
  • red onion slices
  • fresh herbs (such as, parsley, coriander and mint)

Instructions

Broccoli patties:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / 390 F.
  2. Cut broccoli into chunky florets, including stems.
  3. Peel potatoes, place in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Remove potatoes from boiling water and let cool, now blanch the broccoli in the water for 1-2 minutes until vibrant green.
  4. Drain broccoli well in a colander and let cool. Squeeze out any liquid from the florets with your hands.
  5. Place broccoli in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped but not mushy. Place in a large bowl. Rice potatoes with a potato ricer or roughly mash them with a fork or potato masher, add to the bowl.
  6. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add onions and all seasoning, stir well. Fry until the onion has softened, add tomato paste and stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Add the mixture to the bowl along with coriander, olives, flour and cornstarch. Mix well, the mixture is going to be pretty sticky but if it’s too wet add some more flour and cornstarch.
  7. Add panko crumbs and sesame seeds to a plate and mix well. 
  8. Form small patties with your hands, and carefully cover them with the crumbs. Place them on a large oven sheet lined with parchment paper. When you’ve placed them on the sheet you can shape them again as they will be very soft.
  9. Spray the top of the patties with olive oil or other cooking oil.
  10. Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 20 minutes. Carefully flip them with a spatule, spray them and return to the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. When you remove them from the oven they will feel pretty soft but let them cool and they will hold their shape. First let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a plate and let cool for another 5-10 minutes. 

Garlic Tahini Mayo:

  1. Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl until creamy, add more water if it’s too thick. Serve with the broccoli patties and other condiments.

Recipe, text, and photography by Seiran Sinjari.

Seiran Sinjari's author photo on the left. On the right, her name in bold letters, underneath, her bio: Seiran is a Stockholm-based freelance food photographer and recipe developer who left her international legal career to pursue her quest for a life with more freedom and creativity. Her recipes and photographs have been featured in Thrive Magazine, Japanese Genic Magazine and recently she appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show. Her cooking is often inspired by flavors from the Middle East / her Kurdish roots or her encounters with different cuisines around the globe. You can follow her on social media at @legallyplantbased.

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