Broccoli Tater Tots

I remember being a child of the 80’s, and all of my friends moms ( and mine too) had their own renditions of their “signature casseroles”.  Some with green beans, others with cream of mushroom soup, but ALL had tater tots.  Did 80’s mothers not know that normal potatoes existed?  Why tater tots?  There is 100% zero nutritional value in them!  Oh well…that was normally the only part I liked about those casseroles anyway…they were such fun little balls of grated and fried then frozen then cooked again potatoes, that made me smile.  Knowing how I eat now,  I could not keep these little treasures away from my own kids could I?  That would be borderline abuse.  I decided to make them myself, but remove the potato, and add some fiber packed broccoli.  This is not a recipe that you can secretly trick your kids into eating, because they are bright green!  They will just have to take your word for it, and try em’, and see how good broccoli tater tots really are.

broccoli tater tots
Cut up the broccoli into small florets. Place in boiling water for 45 seconds to 1 minute- any longer and the vitamins will be removed from the broccoli. Drain, and set aside.
broccoli tater tots
Place the broccoli into a food processor, and pulse for about 10 seconds. Make sure the pieces are very small.
broccoli tater tots
In a bowl, add the breadcrumbs, onion, cheese, egg and broccoli. Mix well with a large spoon.
2 tablespoons at a time, and using your hand, form broccoli mixture into small balls or tater tot shapes. Place evenly on a baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes. Then flip them to bake another 15 minutes on the other side. They should be brown and crispy on the outside.

Broccoli Tater Tots
 
Author: Jamie @ Lettuce Eat Veggies
These little snacks are easy for little ones to snack on. They are “good for you” little tots, great for adults too!
Ingredients
  • 1 Large head of broccoli (cut into small florets)
  • 1/4 Cup onion ( diced)
  • 1 Cage free egg
  • 1 Cup italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 Cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Garlic clove ( minced)
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Bring a large pot of water to boil, and add the broccoli for one minute. ( boiling too long will remove the vitamins of the broccoli) Drain, broccoli, and put it into a food processor. Pulse for about 10 seconds, until the pieces are small.
  4. Place broccoli into a large bowl, and add the breadcrumbs, onion, egg and cheese. Mix well.
  5. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons with your hands, and form a ball or tater tot shape
  6. Place on a baking sheet and space evenly apart
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, then turn them over to make sure the other side is cooked as well, until browned.
  8. Serve with ketchup or ranch sauce
  9. Enjoy!
 

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