Prep time: 30 min | Cook: 10 min | Total: 40 min | Servings: 10 | Yield: 10 servings
These healthy bites are a smart way to include more vegetables into your diet especially if you have picky eaters like me. As a mom with kids that are not a fan of veggies, I always find a way for my young ones to eat healthy. And these Broccoli Cheese Bites are perfect! Crispy, cheesy, and loaded with broccoli. My go-to finger food, snack, and a great healthy addition to the kid’s school lunches.
5 cups vegetable oil for frying
1 16 oz package chopped frozen broccoli, thawed and drained
4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3 ½ cups dry bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
HOW TO MAKE BROCCOLI CHEESE BITES
Step 1:In a deep-fryer, heat the oil to about 375 degrees F or 190 degrees C.
Step 2: In a medium saucepan, add the broccoli with a cup of boiling water. Bring to a boil, covered, for 5 minutes until firm but not tender.
Step 3: Melt the cheddar cheese in a medium saucepan over low heat. Once melted, mix in the broccoli. And let the mixture cool and thicken for about 15 minutes.
Step 4: Combine the bread crumbs, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Place onto a large piece of wax paper and spread.
Step 5: Shape the broccoli cheese mixture into balls. Then, thoroughly roll into the bread crumb mixture until coated.
Step 6: Deep fry the balls for 5 minutes until golden brown.
Step 7: Once done, transfer the balls on paper towels to drain.
1. The oil’s nutritional value is calculated after cooking based on a retention value of 10 percent. Though, the exact quantity will vary depending on the cooking time and temperature, ingredient’s density, and the type of oil used.
2. You can cook the freeform bits if mini muffin pans are not available. With baking sheet, just grease the mixture onto the pan and drop big dollops. The baking time will still be the same.
Per Serving: 440.5 calories; 47.5 mg cholesterol; 568.3 mg sodium; 17.6 g protein; 30 g carbohydrates
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