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Baked Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Bites

Baked Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Bites

Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. broccoli florets steamed and chopped
  • 4 oz. bacon cut into lardons
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 12 oz. cheddar cheese grated
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 3 Tbl. flour
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika

Instructions
 

  • Steam broccoli and chop into small pieces. Wrap in paper towels and squeeze out excess moisture.
  • Cook bacon lardons until browned and crispy, drain on paper towels.
  • In a medium bowl combine broccoli, bacon, onion, cheese, eggs, and flour. Mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat two baking sheets with olive oil spray. Combine panko and seasonings in a shallow dish.
  • Roll chilled broccoli mixture into 1 1/2" diameter balls. Roll balls in seasoned panko crumbs and place onto prepared baking sheets. Spray tops lightly with olive oil spray. Bake for 20 minutes, turning over after 10 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve with ranch dipping sauce.

Notes

After the ingredients are combined the mixture needs to chill in the refrigerator for about an hour. This helps them keep their shape while baking.