Your children will love helping you make these crispy, tasty, low-fat veggie tots! Serve them as a snack or a side dish with your favorite meal.
2 cups or 12 ounces uncooked or frozen broccoli
1 large egg
1/4 cup diced yellow onion
1/3 cup cheddar cheese
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons parsley (or cilantro, rosemary)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon pepper
Optional additions: shredded Parmesan cheese or mozzarella cheese, paprika, garlic powder, bell pepper, potatoes, cauliflower, green onion, and/or kale. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with a thin layer of oil or line with parchment paper and set aside. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute then remove and shock with cold tap water to stop the cooking process. Drain well. You want to get as much liquid drained as possible. Chop broccoli finely and mix thoroughly with the egg, onion, cheddar, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. Scoop about 1 1/2 teaspoons of mix and gently press between your hands into a firm ball then shape into a tater-tot shape. It helps to wash your hands after every few tots to keep them from sticking on your hands. Place each tot on your prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and crispy, 18-24 minutes, turning half way. Remove from the oven and enjoy hot with ketchup, sriracha, ranch dressing, or your favorite dipping sauce. Makes about 20 tots.