Monday, February 4, 2013

Bennigan's Broccoli Bites

If you didn't know yesterday was the Super Bowl game (if you didn't I'm guessing you live under a rock).
One of the appetizers I made for the game were Bennigan's Broccoli Bites.
Bennigan's is a restaurant that is now closed that I used to go to back in the day.
They had on their menu Broccoli Bites , they were SO good I swear I ordered them every time I went there!
Now these are close but not 100% the same as Bennigan's.

This is what you will need:
3 eggs
6 oz shredded Colby cheese
6 oz Monterrey jack cheese
1 16 oz package of chopped broccoli, thawed , drained & well dried
2.5 oz bag of real bacon bits
1/4 of a yellow onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons of flour
1/2 cup of Italian bread crumbs
Honey mustard for dipping (more on the sweet side then mustardy, is that a word???)

How to make them:
Start by defrosting your broccoli, pressing into with a paper towel drawing out the liquid
I used my food processor and pulsed a few times the broccoli to get it a good consistency, you do not want any large pieces, you want them fine but not to fine.  
In another bowl beat your eggs, set aside.
Place your broccoli into a large mixing bowl add all your ingredient to that bowl excluding the bread crumbs and honey mustard mix well
Place this bowl in the refrigerator for one hour
Pour the bread crumbs in a bowl
Pre heat the oven to 375
Once the hour has passed start forming your broccoli into 1-2 inch balls, packing them tightly
Placing them on a baking sheet
Bake for 20-25 minutes

I was trying to make them so they were a little better for you & not deep fat frying them
But if you want them to taste more like a restaurant, your gonna want to fry them for approximately  1-2 minutes
Place them on a paper towel to remove the excess oil

Serve with the honey mustard!

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