Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Cheesy Baked Broccoli Bites
Have you ever glanced through a magazine or a blog and tagged a recipe for later, only to not find the recipe again. And yet the picture of the dish continues to haunt you. On one particularly sleeplessness night, do you toss and turn, pondering upon that dish. And suddenly...inspiration hits. You may have lost the recipe, but that image guides you. You burst into the kitchen prepared to create.
This dish was sort of like that. I came across the original post and filed it in the back of my mind. I never actually read the recipe, though the step by step photo collage stayed crystal clear in my mind. The successful filling for the previous broccoli stuffed tilapia brought this filed recipe back to mind. Even without digging it up, I was certain I could come up with some facsimile of it.
And indeed I did. After the fact, I did find the recipe. What was different? Surprisingly not much! I used half the bread crumbs and slightly less cheese. I also baked the bites a tad longer at a lower temperature. And added srirachi and onion for a bit of bite. Funny how just a quick glance can be enough to impart enough information!
Inspired by Stacey Snacks
yields about 20 bites
2 1/2 cups frozen broccoli, thawed
1 green onion, finely chopped
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 cup shredded Cheddar or Co-Jack cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
squirt of Srirachi
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350
Coarsely chop the broccoli and drain, removing as much liquid as possible. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well. If too thick, add a little milk. If too thin, add more bread crumbs.
Roll the broccoli mixture into 1-inch balls and space evenly on an oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350 for approximately 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Allow to cool slightly before serving.