Broccoli Casserole Babies

So I was on Facebook and scrolling through my news feed.  I came across broccoli tater tots and wanted to make them.  I mean, they looked delicious!  Well, I started to make them and ran out of breadcrumbs.  I had one cup, but that just wasn’t enough for the recipe.  I mixed the broccoli together with the eggs at this point.  I added the cup of bread crumbs at it was so wet I was not able to form tots out of them.  So to the pantry I went.

I was looking all over my pantry, racking my brain.  Then I saw it!  FRENCH FRIED ONIONS!  Oh yes.  I was going to at least try it.  I thought of broccoli casserole immediately.  I was so excited to make these.  Everyone in my family loves broccoli casserole.  I mean, I thought I was a genius!  I didn’t tell my husband or daughter what was inside of them, I waited until I saw their reactions to them.  I am not kidding you, I sat at the dinner table staring at them.  I looked at my husband first because he is the hardest one to please.  He LOVED them and told me they tasted just like broccoli casserole.  And that, my friends, is how broccoli casserole babies were born.

INGREDIENTS

~ 4 cups broccoli. (Can use fresh and chop up super finely, or frozen chopped broccoli.

~ 1 can of french fried onions (6 oz)

~ 2 tsp salt

~ 1 tsp pepper

~ 2 eggs, slightly beaten

~ 1 cup bread crumbs

~ 1 cup cheddar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blanch broccoli in a pot of boiling water for about 2 minutes.
  2. Stop cooking the broccoli  by shocking it in an ice bath.
  3. Remove broccoli from water.
  4. Take a kitchen towel and squeeze all the access water out from the broccoli.
  5. In a medium sized bowl, pour out all 6 ounces of french fried onions and crush them up with your hands so the pieces are pretty small, like course sand.
  6. Add bread crumbs, salt, pepper, eggs and cheddar.  Mix until combined.
  7. Add broccoli and mix together.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  9. Take about a tablespoon and a half of the broccoli mixture and form little tater tot shapes.
  10. Place broccoli babies on a sheet pan and bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Devour them.

I hope you LOVE this recipe!  Tell me your thoughts below.

Stay Sweet,

Amanda

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