Hands up who has seen those ‘Tasty’ and ‘Proper Tasty’ foodie videos in their social media feed? You know the ones with the catchy soundtrack, the ones that are like a blip-vert recipe and they are over within about a minute? Plus they always finish with the obligatory “ohhh oh YES!”. Did you know they are the product of the folk behind BuzzFeed?
One struck my fancy – Broccoli Tots. It looked so quick, so easy and got me up off the couch and into the kitchen in a flash. I knew I had a bunch of broccoli and a bag of green beans hiding in the fridge from my last trip to the Southside Farmer’s Market, bought the week before. It’s been a hectic week of late nights at work and sadly my best laid plans involving fresh vegetables did not eventuate.
This ‘Tasty’ recipe calls for scallions (spring onions) which I didn’t have, and hot sauce which I didn’t want. I did add in the beans to bulk out the veg.
So my recipe adaptation used:
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
12 green beans, topped and tailed and cut into 3cm pieces
1/3 cup of breadcrumbs
1 beaten egg
1 handful of grated pizza cheese
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
- Cook the broccoli and the beans in boiling salted water for 2 minutes.
- Drain off and lay out onto a chopping board. Using a knife, or a mezzaluna, chop the veg until very small dice (don’t make it too mushy).
- Place in a bowl, and add in the breadcrumbs, the beaten egg, the cheese and the garlic.
- Pop the bowl into the fridge, for about 20 minutes to chill.
- Remove from fridge, and work the mixture into small rounds, flatten slightly.
- Lay on a tray lined with baking paper and bake in a 200 degree (180 degree fan forced) oven for 18 minutes, turning halfway through.
I paired mine with a side of spring onion dip. You could also use tzatziki, hummus or even tomato sauce (as suggested in the Tasty video).
A great way to sneak in a little more veg into your diet.
Here is the 'Tasty' video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG0GVNN-rm4