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Cheesy Baked Broccoli Tots

5 ingredients is all you need to make these Cheesy Baked Broccoli Tots. They are the perfect way to get more veggies into your kiddo’s diet.

Note: I received a copy of Healthy Quick and Easy Baby Food to review. All opinions are my own.

Overhead photo of Healthy, Quick and Easy Baby Food cookbook.

One of the fabulous things about blogging, in my opinion, is the bloggers you get to know along the way. I’ve made lots of friends in these 13 years I’ve been doing this and one of them just released a new book!

Healthy, Quick and Easy Baby Food by my friend, Kathryn M. Doherty from Family Food on the Table, is chock full of recipes that are perfect for your babies, toddlers and even the big kids too! If you’ve ever wanted to take on making your own baby food, this book makes it a cinch!

Close up view of broccoli tot.

There are over 100 different recipes in this book. And it is broken up into categories based on age. There is a section for babies aged 6 months that has 1 ingredient purees. A section for combination purees for when your babies are ready to explore bit more. A section for finger foods and lastly a section for Big Kid Meals.

Dipping broccoli tot in ranch.

The Big Kid Meals is where I got this recipe for Cheesy Baked Broccoli Tots. And they were a HUGE hit. They taste amazing and they are an easy way to get your kids excited about eating veggies. I mean, who doesn’t love tots?!

What ingredients do you need to make Broccoli Tots?

Overhead photo of ingredients needed to make baked broccoli tots.

Like many of the recipes in this book, you just need a handful of ingredients. This makes it super easy! 

BROCCOLI: A fresh head of broccoli cut into florets. 

CHEDDAR CHEESE: Freshly shredded works the best, IMHO. 

PLAIN BREAD CRUMBS/EGG These will help bind everything together. 

ONION: If your kids are like mine, you’ll need to mince this up pretty small so they can’t find it! But the taste it adds is totally worth it! 

SALT AND PEPPER

How to make broccoli tots in step by step photos: 

Step by step photos showing how to make broccoli tots.

Step #1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray and set aside. 

Step #2: Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli florets and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until tender. Drain very well. Lightly pat dry with paper towels to remove extra moisture. 

Step #3: Add the broccoli florets to a large food processor and pulse until they are broken down into small pieces but don’t let them turn into mush. 

Step #4: In a large bowl, add broccoli, cheddar, breadcrumbs, onion, eggs, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine. 

Step #5: Using about 2 tablespoons of the mixture, form into tots. 

Step #6: Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Turning halfway through.  Serve immediately. 

A broccoli tot dipped in ranch.

You can dip these in your favorite dipping sauce. The kiddos prefer ketchup but ranch dip or honey mustard are a favorite too! 

What do you do with leftovers? Can you freeze these?

These will store well in the refrigerator for a couple of days. You can rewarm them in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes. 

You can also freeze them for 2 to 3 months. Perfect for a quick snack whenever you want! 

This is just 1 of the 100 delectable recipes in this book. Whether you, or someone you know, is looking for healthy recipes to make your babies, toddlers and big kids, then this is the book you need! 

Side angle photo of baked cheddar broccoli tots.

Getting your kiddos to each vegetables can be hard, but if they love these Cheesy Baked Broccoli tots, check out these other vegetable side dishes

Sauteed Broccoli Recipe

Air Fryer Cauliflower

Zucchini Cakes Recipe

Looking for more kid friendly food? Here are some of my kiddos’ favorites! 

Dill Pickle Popcorn Chicken Recipe

Popcorn Shrimp Recipe

Chicken Tenders Recipe

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Cheesy Baked Broccoli Tots Recipe

18 - 20 tots Prep Time: Cook Time:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into florets s
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray and set aside. 

2

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli florets and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until tender. Drain very well. Lightly pat dry with paper towels to remove extra moisture. 

3

Add the broccoli florets to a large food processor and pulse until they are broken down into small pieces but don't let them turn into mush. 

4

In a large bowl, add broccoli, cheddar, breadcrumbs, onion, eggs, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine. 

5

Using about 2 tablespoons of the mixture, form into tots. 

6

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Turning halfway through.  Serve immediately. 

Notes

Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Amount per serving: 5 tots
Calories: 211 , Total Fat: 12.6g , Saturated Fat: 6.9g , Cholesterol: 123mg , Sodium: 299mg , Carbohydrates: 12.3g , Fiber: 2.3g , Sugar: 2.4g , Protein: 13.4

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Des

Hey! I'm Des!

Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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