I am a huge fan of broccoli bites and jalapeno poppers when the fam and I get take out. But I typically feel gross the day after eating this type of food, it’s overly salted, deep fried, and while it’s great in a pinch, it’s usually not worth it.
Inspired by takeout food, I crafted these broccoli bites. Chopped broccoli mixed with cheese + turkey bacon + chopped onion are the perfect base to these healthy alternative. These are not the ooey- gooey cheesy take-out broccoli bites they do get the job done! They’re also a pretty good way to attempt to get some veggies into people who may not love them (cough cough, my son).
Air Fried Broccoli Bites
Makes about 27 bites
One large head of broccoli, florets only, about 2-3 cups
1 onion, roughly chopped
3 slices turkey bacon, roughly chopped
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs + extra for rolling the bites in
1/8 cup all purpose flour
kosher salt + pepper
Combine the broccoli, onion, and uncooked turkey bacon in a food processor and process until chopped finely. Pour into a bowl and add your eggs, cheese, panko, flour, salt, and pepper and combine thoroughly.
Lay out a piece of parchment and using a cookie scoop, scoop a ball of the mixture (about an 1” wide) onto the paper. Repeat until there is no mixture remaining.
Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees for about 5 minutes.
Pour some panko break crumbs in a small shallow bowl and roll each ball gently in the panko. Place enough balls in the basket so it’s full but not overcrowded. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cook for a total time of 10 minutes, shaking the pan half way through.
Serve with a simple marinara sauce or ranch dressing and enjoy!