Sunday, 20 March 2016

Broccoli Tots

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

  1. Cook the broccoli and the beans in boiling salted water for 2 minutes.
  2. 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).
  3. Place in a bowl, and add in the breadcrumbs, the beaten egg, the cheese and the garlic.
  4. Pop the bowl into the fridge, for about 20 minutes to chill.
  5. Remove from fridge, and work the mixture into small rounds, flatten slightly.
  6. 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: 


  1. These look great! And Pretty Healthy :) you could make up a few different flavours and put a few on a stick to munch on mmm

    1. Definitely an adaptable recipe. On sticks is a really good idea! great for parties.