Broccoli is actually one of my favorite vegetables. It’s also one of the easiest vegetables to prepare. I like getting help (every chance I get) from the store such as the frozen (steam bag) vegetables. They are inexpensive…and fast. So fast that I feel accomplished (knowing I skipped a few steps) when the bag steams the vegetable for me and my toddler isn’t screaming for my attention.
When I made these, I honestly didn’t think my husband would like them. He kept eating them until I finally told him we needed to save a few for another meal (trying to stretch a buck here!). They are totally freezer friendly and if you want to double the recipe, you can easily store the rest in a ziplock bag in the freezer. They will store well for a month. Quick side for any meal!
This recipe is so simple to prepare (have I made my point yet?) and if you don’t like broccoli, try this one. Don’t make me go all mommy and remind you of the health benefits from eating broccoli. Just Google it.
- 12-14 oz. package of frozen chopped broccoli (I used the ones that steam in the bag)
- 1 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese
- 2 eggs
- salt & pepper
- 1 cup of breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- I like to steam the broccoli a bit first so they're not completely frozen when I add them to the mixture. Zap it in the microwave for 3 minutes and that's it.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Grab a large scooper and scoop out a good helping. Make sure you press down on the mixture when you scoop it. Don't worry if it gets a little messy, it won't be perfect. Lay it on a parchment lined baking sheet or a silicone-baking mat (a lifesaver when baking). Lightly press down on the scooped out mixture so it flattens a bit.
- Bake for 20 minutes, flipping them halfway (at 10 minutes). You will notice they get a nice cheesy crust on the bottom and then when you flip it, the same will happen on the other side.
- When they're done, let them cool a little bit before serving.
- We like to put the rest in a zip lock bag and place them in the freezer for another day. To heat them up, thaw them a little and place them in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes or zap them in the microwave (but I think they're a little watered down this way)
- **You can chop the broccoli more finely if it suits your taste buds better.**
How they look when they are first scooped out…
I think flattening them a bit makes a big difference when you need to flip them halfway…it’s such a small (barely there) step. But it helps the cheese melt easier and form that nice crust.
And this is how they look when they come out…Danny was already trying to snatch them off the plate!
They can be addicting…