Broccoli bites made with riced broccoli, bacon, cheddar cheese and seasonings.
Prep Time:10-15 mins
Cook Time:15-20 mins
Total Time:25-35 mins
Yield:18 broccoli bites 1x
Category:Side Dish, Appetizer
Method:Baking, Refrigerator / Freezer
4 cups cooked broccoli florets
2–3 slices cooked bacon
2 large eggs
¾ cup shredded sharp or mild cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons + ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs, divided
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoononion powder
½ teaspoon coarse salt
¼ teaspoonground black pepper
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Place broccoli and bacon in a food processor*. Pulse until broccoli and bacon are in small crumbles. Place broccoli/bacon crumbles in a medium bowl. Add eggs, cheese, 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes, if using. Stir to combine. Place mixture in the freezer for 1 hour or refrigerator for at least 2 hours, until chilled.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
Using a medium cookie scoop, form balls of mixture, using hands to shape. Roll in remaining ¼ cup breadcrumbs until coated. Place on baking sheet, about ½ inch apart. Coat bites with cooking spray. Bake 15-20 minutes, until breadcrumbs are crispy and lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly before eating.
Cooking Tip: If you don’t have a food processor, use a chef’s knife to chop the broccoli and bacon until crumbled.