Cheesy Broccoli Bites
These cheesy broccoli bites are crispy on the outside and gooey in the inside. This makes a great after school snack or appetizer!
- 2 cups cooked broccoli, chopped
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/2 cup American cheese; cubed
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup Pankco crumbs
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp. salt
For the coating
- 2 whole eggs
- 2 cups Panko crumbs
- 1/2 cup flour
To make the bites
Steam broccoli until slightly softened. Let cool.
Finely chop the broccoli so they are about a 1/4 inch or less . Place in a large bowl and add the cheeses, egg, Panko crumbs, chili flakes and salt. Stir well or mix with your hands.
Use your hands or a mini ice cream to form a ball. Place all of the broccoli bites in the refrigerator to firm up for about 30-45 minutes.
To coat the bites
Add the eggs to a bowl and whisk until lightly beaten, add the flour to a second bowl and the Panko crumbs to a third bowl.
Coast each ball in flour first, then the egg mixture and lastly the Panko crumbs.
To fry the bites
Pour about 1 inch of canola oil in a heavy pot or frying pan. Heat oil to 375 degrees. For best results use a thermometer.
Place the balls into the heavy pot or frying pan and cook until golden brown on all sides. About 3 minutes on each side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and let cool for a few minutes. It is best when eaten within the hour of making them so the cheese remains gooey and cheesy.