Broccoli Cheddar Bites

Breakfast and BrunchFreezer-friendlyMake-aheadVegetarian

Cheesy baked broccoli snacks, great for a brunch, kid-friendly lunch, or party!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Do you like broccoli? I LOVE, seriously love broccoli. Favorite way to eat it? Steamed, served with a little mayo.

I wish more people shared my enthusiasm.

If you are in the not-so-sure-about-broccoli camp, or are cooking for someone who needs to eat more vegetables but is less than enthused at the prospect, this is the recipe for you.

What’s the one thing that makes broccoli taste great? Cheddar cheese. It’s one of those power combos, hard to go wrong. Just check out our Broccoli Cheddar Casserole, or our Broccoli Cheddar Mac n Cheese. (Black pepper is the other thing that broccoli loves, so make sure to add plenty.)

For these broccoli cheddar bites, we mix chopped steamed broccoli with cheddar, torn bread, onion, eggs and mayo, and bake them in mini muffin tins (or freeform) until toasty brown.

They’re perfect for a quick snack, party appetizer, or school lunch. You can easily make a batch or two ahead, and chill or freeze, then reheat in the microwave when ready to serve. Enjoy!

Broccoli Cheddar Bites Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 24 broccoli bites

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch of broccoli florets
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup, packed, torn fresh bread (no crust)
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup (4 ounces, 114 g), packed, grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Method

1 Steam and chop the broccoli: Place 1 inch of water in a pot with a steamer basket. Bring to a boil. Add the broccoli florets. Steam the broccoli florets for 5 minutes, until just tender. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.

Finely chop the steamed broccoli florets. You should have 2 to 2 1/2 cups.

 

2 Make filling: Place the beaten eggs and the torn bread in a large bowl. Mix until the bread is completely moistened.

Add the grated onion, mayonnaise, cheese, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Stir in the minced broccoli.

3 Distribute broccoli mixture in mini muffin pan wells:  Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat the wells of 2 mini muffin pans (1 dozen wells each) with olive oil (so the bites don't stick). Distribute the broccoli mixture in the muffin wells.

4 Bake: Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes until cooked through and lightly browned on top.

If you don't have mini muffin pans, you can cook the bites freeform. Just grease a baking sheet and spoon large dollops of the mixture onto the pan. Baking time is the same.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Terri

    I love them! And they’re not just for kids. I snack on these as a nutritious alternative and I have served them at parties. They are always a hit.

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  • J

    I’d like to make this with a bread substitute for a friend who’s gluten intolerant. Any suggestions for anything else I can use?

  • Maria A.

    Love this idea! Would be an awesome appetizer for a large Catering Albuquerque party! Easy enough and economically friendly. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Sandy

    These are good. Just like broccoli bites minus the torn bread. Going to try it in pastry cups next. Love broc and cheese.

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  • Punam Paul

    Most of my childhood memory includes getting yelled by my mother, and eat Broccoli it’s filled with nutrition but I always ignored.
    Broccoli neh…. In my mind always…
    My kids also do not like Broccoli at all.
    After i went through your recipe I thought to give it a try as the photo looks good thinking might be tasty too so lets try with a small Broccoli. Who knows what the taste will be?
    My old experience with Broccoli was never good.
    But as the dish was presented on dining table every one of my family snapped it demanding more but I had only a small Broccoli!
    Next day I brought more and again prepared this dish on my family’s demand.
    Interesting, tasty and yummy and experience with Broccoli and your recipe. I thought I should share with you.

    xxxxxyyyyy

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