It's football season, which means it's time for lots and lots of finger foods! I don't usually mess too much with the classic dippers like wings and nachos (Nate's a purist, you know), but last week I whipped up these fried broccoli pieces and they were a HUGE hit.

Fried Broccoli

Crunchy parmesan melds together with classic Italian flavors like garlic, onion and red peppers in this zingy recipe that's surprisingly addictive. I can pretty much guarantee this is the only time you'll be seeing fans munching on broccoli during a football game (and begging for seconds!).

Fried Broccoli for the Win

House Italian Fried Broccoli

House Italian Fried Broccoli
  • 1 head broccoli cut into small florets
  • 1/3 cup Wish-Bone® House Italian Dressing
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup flour I use Bob’s gluten-free
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Palm shortening for frying
  1. Heat palm shortening in a large pain over medium-high heat.
  2. Beat together eggs and Wish-Bone® House Italian Dressing. Toss with broccoli florets until the vegetables are evenly wet and shiny.
  3. Mix together flour, Parmesan cheese, baking powder and salt. Toss with broccoli florets to coat.
  4. Fry broccoli florets in palm shortening for about 2-3 minutes until deep brown, turning each floret approximately every 30 seconds.
  5. Remove broccoli with a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels before serving with Wish-Bone® classic Italian, Ranch or Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing.

Getting fried broccoli ready to cook

Make sure to cut up your florets nice and small. For fried broccoli, you want the vegetables to get nice and crunchy!

Wish-Bone House Italian

We pick up Wish-Bone® House Italian dressing at Walmart. It's my secret weapon in a lot of recipes because it packs a real flavor punch with just a few squeezes. I love that I don't have to pull out all the little jars of spices separately. It's a quick shortcut for making recipes fast and easy.

gluten-free base for fried broccoli

The trick to getting fried broccoli really fluffy – especially if you're using gluten-free flour – is baking powder. The parmesan adds flavor and crunches up to help form a nice shell and keep the coating sticking to the fried broccoli.

frying broccoli

You could use a deep fryer for your broccoli pieces, but I take issue with wasting that much shortening unless I'm cooking a HUGE batch. A shallow layer of shortening or oil will do the trick, and I just keep turning the pieces until they're evenly browned.

Fried broccoli - perfect little dipping fritters for a football game day. My husband and his friends loved them!

Dip these little fried broccoli bad boys in Wish-Bone®‘s classic Italian, Ranch or Chunky Blue Cheese.

House Italian fried broccoli. Gluten-free and perfect for game day. This is the only time you'll see guys munching on a bunch of broccoli as a football snack.

I serve them with a trio of dipping bowls – you can NEVER have too much dressing!

This post was sponsored by Wish-Bone® and I was compensated to write it. Regardless, what I have written is my own opinion and experience, and I hope you find it of use.