Baked Broccoli Tots

There is something extra fun about making an updated, healthier version of a childhood classic. Tater tots were such a huge favorite of mine growing up and I don’t think I’ve ever really outgrown them. So this week I decided to put a healthier spin on them with these simple, super flavorful baked broccoli tots! Broccoli happens to be my favorite vegetable because it has great texture, mild flavor and is so darn versatile. So using it in this dish was a no brainer to me. They were really easy to make and so much fun!

I prepped the veggies for the baked broccoli tots first. After I blanched the broccoli, my food processor did most of the work for me! I pulsed the broccoli with onion, garlic and herbs for lots of aromatic flavor. It was the perfect base for this dish!
Those prepped veggies mixed perfectly with the rest of the ingredients in my mixing bowl. Corn meal gave the baked broccoli tots some heft, while an egg and Sriracha helped bring it all together. I also made sure to season the mixture well with seasoned salt. After that, I set the bowl in the refrigerator to chill the mixture.
Once the mixture chilled, it was easy to take small handfuls and form them into the classic tot shape. I lined them up all pretty on my baking sheet and then they were ready to bake! They browned on the first side gorgeously before I turned them over.
It took about 18 minutes for the baked broccoli tots to cook completely through and develop a crust. Then it was time to eat!

Oh my goodness, I was transported right back to my childhood when I bit in. The shape alone was so fun. I loved the fact that the baked broccoli tots were much healthier than the classic too. They were loaded with veggies and baked to perfection instead of fried for some guilt free snacking. I also loved serving them as a side dish! Hope you all enjoy. xoxo

Baked Broccoli Tots
Baked Broccoli Tots
Baked Broccoli Tots
Baked Broccoli Tots

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5 from 2 votes
Baked Broccoli Tots
Baked Broccoli Tots
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

These baked broccoli tots are such a fun, flavorful and healthy twist on the old classic tater tots! They're so simple to make too. 

Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Baked Broccoli Tots, Tater Tots
Servings: 36 tots
Calories: 184 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 head broccoli
  • salt for the boiling water
  • 1 whole onion peeled and quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2/3 cup medium ground corn meal
  • 1/2 cup extra sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha or ketchup
Instructions
  1. First, blanch the broccoli. Fill a large pot a little over halfway with water and bring it to a boil on the stove. Salt it generously. Set up a bowl of ice water as well. Boil the broccoli head for just about a minute, then remove it right into the ice bath to stop the cooking. Cut the broccoli into manageable pieces, then transfer it to the bowl of a food processor. Also add the onion, garlic, dill and parsley. Pulse the mixture until it is a fine texture, then scoop it into a large mixing bowl. Add the egg, corn meal, cheddar, salt and Sriracha. Mix it all together thoroughly. Put the bowl in the fridge to chill the mixture for 15 minutes.
  2. While it chills, pre-heat the oven to 400 and line a sheet tray with a silicone mat. Take a small amount of the chilled broccoli mixture about the size of your palm and form it into the classic tot shape. Place it on the sheet tray with one of the flat sides down. Repeat until the mixture is used up and you have about 36 tots. Bake them for 9 minutes, then take them out and turn them over onto the other flat side. Put them back in for another 9 minutes to get them completely cooked through and golden. Let them cool a minute, then serve them with your favorite main course!
Nutrition Facts
Baked Broccoli Tots
Amount Per Serving (9 tots)
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.6g10%
Saturated Fat 3.3g21%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 1881mg82%
Potassium 286mg8%
Carbohydrates 24.8g8%
Fiber 3.8g16%
Sugar 2.1g2%
Protein 8.6g17%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 thoughts on “Baked Broccoli Tots”

  1. I have roasted my broccoli, done sautéing of my broccoli, steamed it, boiled it and slow-cooked it.
    I’ve used it in salads and as a dipping goody too.
    My favorite way to eat broccoli is as a pesto, broccoli pesto is pretty tasty to me.
    But, as a baked tot….never, this is one fun idea!
    Who doesn’t like tots?!
    Pinned!

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