Broccoli Hush Puppies & Homemade Ranch Dressing

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This hush puppies recipe uses the broccoli stems instead of the head. Sounds weird right? Aren’t you suppose to throw the broccoli stem in the trash, or better yet the compost bin? No way! Broccoli stems are chock full of vitamins and nutrients. They have the same taste as broccoli heads, just a bit milder. These cheddar hush puppies made with broccoli stems are sure to delight.

This hush puppies recipe uses the broccoli stems instead of the head. Broccoli stems are chock full of vitamins and nutrients. The same taste, just a bit milder.

Making Broccoli Hush Puppies

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs
  • 1-1/2 c. Cornmeal
  • 1 c. Broccoli Stems – Grated (approx. 6″ stem from 3 medium heads of broccoli)
  • 1/2 c. Cheddar Cheese – Grated
  • 1/4 c. Buttermilk
  • 1/8 c. Onion – Chopped Fine or Grated
  • 1/8 c. Parsley – Finely Chopped
  • 3/4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil (for frying)

Instructions

In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, baking powder, salt, sugar, baking soda, cayenne pepper and black pepper until combined. In a separate, medium bowl, whisk together eggs and buttermilk until evenly combined. Stir in broccoli stems, cheddar cheese, onion and parsley. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until evenly mixed.

Heat 3″ of vegetable oil over medium heat in a high-sided frying pan or saucepan until the oil reaches 325°F. Batter should sizzle gently on contact. If it pops or burns quickly, the oil is too hot. Spoon rounded tablespoons of batter into the oil. Don’t crowd or they will stick. Fry until golden brown (2-3 minutes). Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper-towel lined plate.

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This hush puppies recipe uses the broccoli stems instead of the head. Broccoli stems are chock full of vitamins and nutrients. The same taste, just a bit milder.

Making Homemade Ranch Dressing

Sometimes I like to top my hush puppies with sour cream, but other times it’s ranch dressing for me. I use to buy the really pricey organic ranch dressing, but then I found out how easy it is. This recipe makes one serving.

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp. Buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp. Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Finely chopped chives and/or parsley to taste.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions

Whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, and vinegar. Season with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs to taste.

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This hush puppies recipe uses the broccoli stems instead of the head. Broccoli stems are chock full of vitamins and nutrients. The same taste, just a bit milder.

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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Broccoli Hush Puppies & Homemade Ranch Dressing — 4 Comments

  1. Use a potato/carrot peeler and peel the stems, even the large hard ones. The insides are VERY tender. You won’t believe it! Cook as usual. No more waste…..

  2. It’s awesome to find creative ways to use those broccoli stems. I eat them with the broccoli just because I’m too cheap to throw them out and I don’t want to waste the vitamins either! Now I can make yummy hush puppies!!

    Thanks, Jessica!

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