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Broccoli Bites! Whenever I see these on the menu at a restaurant, it's so hard to resist.  In all their deep-fried goodness, the little broccoli nuggets are crispy golden brown on the outside and ooey,

Total time

30 minutes




  • 4 cups cooked broccoli florets
  • 2-3 slices cooked bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • 0.75 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp + ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 0.5 tsp each garlic powder and onion powder
  • 0.25 tsp each coarse salt and ground black pepper
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Place broccoli and bacon in a food processor*. Pulse until broccoli and bacon are in small crumbles. Place broccoli/bacon crumbles in a medium bowl. Add eggs, cheese, 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes, if using. Stir to combine. Place mixture in the freezer for 1 hour or refrigerator for at least 2 hours, until chilled. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. Using a medium cookie scoop, form balls of mixture, using hands to shape. Roll in remaining ¼ cup breadcrumbs until coated. Place on baking sheet, about ½ inch apart. Coat bites with cooking spray. Bake 15-20 minutes, until breadcrumbs are crispy and lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly before eating.