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Baked Broccoli Cheese Balls

Baked Broccoli Cheese Balls are a delightful way to enjoy broccoli, turning this humble vegetable into tasty, bite-sized snacks. They are crispy on the outside, cheesy on the inside, and perfect as an appetizer, snack, or even a light meal.

Tips and Variations for Baked Broccoli Cheese Balls

Tips for the Best Baked Broccoli Cheese Balls

Drain the broccoli well: Too much moisture can make the balls fall apart.
Pack the mixture tightly: When forming the balls, press the mixture firmly to help them hold together.
Use a wire rack: Placing the balls on a wire rack set over a baking sheet helps them cook evenly and stay crispy.

Variations for Baked Broccoli Cheese Balls

Add other veggies: Incorporate finely chopped spinach, carrots, or bell peppers.
Spice them up: Add some red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce.
Different cheeses: Experiment with different cheeses like Parmesan, feta, or gouda.
Herb flavor: Add fresh or dried herbs like parsley, basil, or thyme for extra flavor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen broccoli?

Yes, you can use frozen broccoli. Just make sure to thaw and drain it thoroughly before using it.

What kind of cheese should I use?

Cheddar, mozzarella, or any flavorful cheese will work well in these balls.

Are these balls gluten-free?

To make them gluten-free, you can substitute the breadcrumbs with gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond flour.

Ingredients

2 cups cooked broccoli finely chopped (about 400g/13 oz raw broccoli)
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 large eggs
3/4 cup shredded cheese Cheddar, mozzarella, or your favorite cheese
2 green onions finely sliced
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 tsp salt
Black pepper to taste
Olive oil spray

Garlic Lemon Yogurt Sauce

2/3 cup plain yogurt
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 garlic clove minced
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Prepare the oven: Preheat your oven to 200°C (390°F) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Mix the ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the chopped broccoli, breadcrumbs, eggs, cheese, green onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well, mashing the broccoli slightly to help bind the mixture.
Form the balls: Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the mixture and form it into a ball. Place the balls on the prepared baking tray.
Bake: Lightly spray the balls with olive oil and bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
Serve: Serve the broccoli cheese balls hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

Garlic Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Mix the sauce: Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Mix well and let it sit for at least 20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

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