How to Make Cheesy Broccoli Bites | Crunch

Connie Glynn and Cassie build broccoli Chomping Willows, with tasty cheesy branches

Broccoli is the WORST veg of all... right? WRONG! Not when you're rustling up this cheesy broccoli bite tree! Join Connie Glynn for another episode of CRUNCH, and take on the Chomping Willow!

Ingredients for the bites...

2 heads of Broccoli (around 700g in total)

½ a bunch of fresh chives

2 spring onion

1 onion

6 eggs

150g cheddar cheese

2-3 slices of stale bread to make breadcrumbs (100g)

For the dip

300g natural yoghurt

½ a bunch of fresh chives

2 spring onions

2 tsp sweet paprika

Method

• Preheat the oven to 200°C.

• Put a pot of water on to boil.

• Carefully cut the florets from the broccoli, leaving as much of the stalk as possible. Put the stalk to one side for later.

• Place the broccoli florets into the boiling water to cook for 3 minutes. Then drain them and run them under cold water.

• Using scissors, carefully cut the chives and spring onions into a clean bowl.

• Carefully peel and chop the onion and add this to the bowl too.

• Crack the eggs into the bowl and whisk.

• Then grate the cheese and this to your bowl

• Make your breadcrumbs by adding 2 slices of stale bread into a food processor and whiz until you have breadcrumbs.

• Add them to the bowl.

• Crumble/chop the cooked broccoli into small pieces and add them to your bowl. Give everything a good mix.

• Using your hands, roll the mixture into small balls.

• Place them onto a lined baking tray and bake for 15-18 mins.

• Meanwhile, make your dip by adding natural yoghurt to a bowl

• Using scissors, chop the chives and spring onion into a bowl.

• Then add the sweet paprika and give it a good mix.

• When the bites are cooked and cooled, carefully place a cocktail stick into each one.

• Spread the yoghurt dip onto a plate and stand up the broccoli trunk in the middle.

• To assemble the tree, stick the other end of the cocktail stick into the broccoli stalk branches. 

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