Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Broccoli Bites

We recently had a get together with friends where everyone brought either an appetizer or a dessert.  I made these - they were awesome!!  We brought ranch for dipping, and it was good, but unnecessary since they were delicious on their own.  :)  In our house, we call these Broccoli Balls!  Even Lila (14 months) enjoyed them, but I think she would have liked them more if I'd steamed the broccoli a bit longer.  It was still crunchy, which is how I like it, but she has no molars yet so crunchy is a little difficult for her.  :)  I actually doubled the recipe in the hopes that I could freeze leftovers for an easy/quick healthy snack.  However, there were no leftovers to freeze so I'm not sure how they hold up in the freezer yet.

Broccoli Bites!


1 medium head of broccoli, cut into very small pieces
1 small carrot, peeled and shredded
1 garlic clove, pressed
¾ cups cheddar cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup of panko or bread crumbs
1 tsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper taste


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Steam broccoli pieces for a few minutes, until they turn a nice bright green. Let cool.
2.  In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.
3.  Shape into bite size broccoli balls.
4.  Bake on parchment paper for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.