Broccoli Tots a much better way to get your Tater Tots fix, with more healthily ingredients and good way to sneak in some healthy vegetables and cheese. Totally love tater tots, growing up on these tasty treats in 60’s and 70’s, eating them by handfuls. Only problem is gaining weight especially now that I am over 60 years old, and child at heart. But my waist expanding, and pants size changing, my belt doesn’t fit, and ran out of notches. It’s now time to find an alternate fix to my Tater Tot craving.
Broccoli is great vegetable to use, and marries very well with cheese, it’s very nutritious too. So how do I go about getting these Tots to work? Broccoli is going to be the main ingredient, so what is going to be the binder? Bread crumbs is one of better binders along with eggs. But you have to be careful not to put too many eggs and too much bread crumbs, which defeat the whole purpose of reducing calories and but still making them tasty too. Of course cheese could be used also as another binder and add good flavor too. By adding a little crisp bacon would but it over the top. With out the bacon would take away all the good flavors and leave a bland uneatable Broccoli Tots, which would be a total bummer. So how do you get them into a Tot form efficiently? I am thinking using the gnocchi techniques in forming them into long rope then cutting them into Tot size shapes about 1″ long and 3/4″ wide.
Now that we figured out how to shape them will they become nice and crunchy on out side like a good Tot should be? I am thinking breading them with a light coat of panko bread crumbs. Then Air Fry them with just a few spritz of vegetable spray in 350°F setting, this should take about 8 minutes in good Air Fryer. Then dipping them into Spicy Sriracha Ranch Dressing.
These are going to be so good and my tummy might even get thinner, well hopefully so.