Healthy Baked Broccoli Tots

So I LOVE tater tots and when I saw this recipe I thought why not try it out? Plus I think now is the perfect time to post it as Stephanie Smothers from A Simple Favor would totally make this.

This recipe comes from Gimmie Some Oven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups or 12 ounces of Uncooked or Frozen Broccoli
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/4 Cup of Diced Yellow Onion
  • 1/3 Cup of Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/3 Cup of Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 Cup of Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons of Parsley or Cilantro
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Grease a baking sheet with a thin layer of oil or line with parchment paper.
  3. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 1 min, then remove and shock with tap water to stop the cooking process.
  4. Drain.
  5. Chop broccoli finely and mix throughly with the egg, onions, cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs, and seasoning.
  6. Scoop about 1.5 tablespoons of mix using an ice-cream scoop or your hands and gently press between hands to form a firm ball and shape into tater tot shape.
  7. Place the prepared tater tot on the baking sheets.
  8. Bake until golden brown and crispy, 18-24 mins.
  9. Remove from oven and enjoy hot or with your favorite sauce.

I forgot to take a pic, oops! Sorry.

Thoughts After Cooking:

So these no way taste as good as tater tots, as nothing can, but they were very good. I loved them and gobbled them up.

For more from Gimmie Some Oven, go to Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

For more pinterest recipes, go to Super Easy Naan Bread

For more healthy recipes, go to Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Bark

 

Too Easy Hotdish

 

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Thoughts Prior to Cooking:

This recipe comes from the Hannah Swenson Mystery Apple Turnover Murder.

Hannah makes this dish for her boyfriend and sheriff deputy, Mike. Now before reading this book I had never heard of a hotdish, other than a hot dish, as in a dish that is hot. Apparently they are big in the Midwest and Northwest, but me being from California we don’t eat “hotdishes”, we eat casseroles. But I was willing to give it a try as to how they described it in the book made it sound extremely tasty.

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Ingredients:

  • Non-stick Cooking Spray or Butter
  • 1 and 1/2 lbs of Lean Ground Meat (such as hamburger, pork, chicken, turkey, sausage, etc. Make sure it is lean as the fat does not drain out of this dish)
  • 2 -12oz Cans of Cream of anything
  • 1 lb Package of Tater Tots
  • 1 Cup of Shredded Cheese (Be sure to use only one cup as too much can become an insulator and keep the bottom layers from cooking.)
  • Worcestershire Sauce (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° fahrenheit.
  2. Use the cooking spray or butter to coat a 9 by 13-inch pan.
  3. Put the ground meat in the bottom of the pan, spreading it as evenly as you can. Press it down with your hands or the back of a spatula.
  4. Spoon the two cans of cream-of-something on top of the meat. Make sure to spread it out as evenly as possible.
  5. Put the tater tots on top of the soup in a single layer. Spread them out as evenly as possible.
  6. Sprinkle on the shredded cheese.
  7. Do not cover your hotdish with anything. Slip the pan into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the tater tots are browned and crispy.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

In a way this particular hotdish is like the poor man’s Shepherd’s pie. Instead of mashed potatoes, tater tots, and instead of gravy, cream of something. I am not a fan of Shepherd pie at all, I can hardly eat it, but I did enjoy this Hotdish.

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The only thing that I thought was wrong with this dish was that it was rather plain in seasoning. I recommend using the Cream of Chicken and Herb, as the herbs really helped along with adding a bit of Worcestershire sauce.

It was very easy to prepare and I recommend it for those of you who’s hours are crunched (working moms and college students) and need a fast dish to make and make quickly.

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I didn’t include a picture as it doesn’t photograph well, but do not let it’s looks deter you. It does taste great.

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For more Hannah Swenson recipes, go to Christmas Cheese Rounds

For more cassaroles, go to Ratatouille