Broccoli Cheese Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 heaping cups fresh Smith's Farm broccoli florets
  • 1 cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces Velveeta, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/4 cups Panko crumbs, divided
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable or Canola oil

Directions:

  1. Steam broccoli until slightly softened. Let cool.
  2. Finely chop broccoli. You want the pieces to be 1/4-inch or less. Place in a large bowl.
  3. Add cheese, red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup Panko crumbs, and 1 egg to bowl with broccoli. Stir well.
  4. Use your hands to shape mixture into balls using about a rounded tablespoon for each ball. You should get 12-14.
  5. Place balls on a plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Place flour in a bowl.
  7. Place the 2 lightly beaten eggs in a second bowl and mix in 1-tablespoon water.
  8. Place remaining 2 cups Panko crumbs in a third bowl.
  9. Pour about 2 inches of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. Heat oil to 375 degrees. For best results use a thermometer.
  10. Remove broccoli balls from refrigerator, coat in flour, dip in egg mixture, and then coat in Panko crumbs. 
  11. Fry about 4 balls at a time cooking until golden brown on all sides.
  12. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

 

Thank you to Spicy Southern Kitchen for this awesome recipe!