I have seen Broccoli Tots on tons of blogs and a video or two. The videos always make things look so easy but they tend to make things look a little too simplistic at times. I wondered if it would be as tasty as they looked and if they were really as easy to make as the videos make it look.
I used this Broccoli Cheese Tots recipe from Popsugar.com as the basis for my dish. (click for link to original recipe).
It wasn’t quite as easy as the videos made it look, especially if you don’t have super knife chopping skills, but it was still pretty easy. Chopping the broccoli into small enough pieces looks so simple on the video but in reality took about 10 minutes or so of the recipe time. If you have a food processor that doesn’t puree everything this would be much simpler. The broccoli needs to be chopped finely and the florets are easy to cut but the stalks took some work.
We really liked the flavor. I used a bit more cheese and added a bit of extra black pepper. My son was NOT a fan of the texture but he still ate them. To me they had the texture of a slightly overcooked tater tot.
I served these as a side dish with an entrée and spinach salad.
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2/3 – 3/4 cup bread crumbs
- 2 eggs, beaten
- salt and pepper
- ranch dipping sauce, if desired
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Bring a well salted, large pot of water to a boil. Place the broccoli in BOILING water for 2 minutes.
- Drain well and rinse in cold water to stop cooking process.
- Chop the broccoli finely so there are no chunks.
- Saute the onion in butter over medium heat until translucent. Remove from heat and allow to cool a bit before adding to broccoli.
- Stir in cheese, garlic powder, bread crumbs and eggs to broccoli/onion mixture. You want the mixture to roll fairly easily in your hands so add extra bread crumbs if needed. Mine needed almost 1/4 of extra bread crumbs.
- Using heaping tablespoons roll between your hands to make a tot. Place 2″ apart on parchment paper.
- Bake for 10 minutes and then turn tots over. Return to oven for another 8-10 minutes until cooked through.
- Serve hot with ranch dipping sauce if desired.