Baked Cheddar Broccoli Tots are a breeze to make, a huge hit with kids and full of flavor that’ll help cut down on the carbs and fat of regular tater tots!
Baked Cheddar Broccoli Tots are a wonderful side dish that you can use to augment or replace regular tater tots in your family’s dinner rotation. We’re always looking for ways to incorporate more veggies into meals and snacks with the kids (especially green vegetables!) and these tots have become a huge hit with kids and adults alike.
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The idea for these Baked Cheddar Broccoli Tots came from a recent trip to Target where we were browsing every aisle (I hope I am not the only one who escapes to Target without a shopping list in mind and ends up with a huge cart full of items!). My youngest was getting a bit vocal about how long we were in the store.
As I am sure most parents do, I immediately went over to the baby snacks aisle and looked for something to open up and buy myself more time in the furniture aisle. We found Gerber’s® Lil Beanies White Cheddar and Broccoli snacks. My oldest said “mommy they look like the round crispy potatoes!” and I just stood there thinking about how amazing they would be in tot form!
Served with some awesome dipping sauces, ketchup for my oldest and greek yogurt for my youngest, they are a fun side dish to add to almost any weeknight meal. We’ve even baked them into mac and cheese for the kids and they get excited when they find the tots inside (total parent win to get kids excited about broccoli btw). We ended up buying 6 canisters of the snacks because both kids loved them and with broccoli and beans in the snacks I love that they aren’t regular cheese crackers.
When we got home I started talking to a couple of blogging friends about tater tots with broccoli and found that a couple of good blogging friends from Natural Girl Modern World had photographed these amazing Baked Broccoli Tots (linked below).
To make them a bit more weeknight and kid friendly I left out a couple of ingredients and the hot sauce, but these Baked Cheddar Broccoli Tots were a HUGE hit. Since that dinner we’ve made these tots a half dozen times (mind you this is just in the last month), because whether it is using a quick prepared snack like Gerber’s Lil Beanies White Cheddar and Broccoli snacks or these awesome Baked Cheddar Broccoli Tots, I am all about getting green vegetables into the little ones.
They are and have always been obsessed with grape tomatoes, but broccoli has always been a struggle. Since the Gerber’s Lil Beanies White Cheddar and Broccoli snacks have both beans and broccoli in them, I am totally on board with packing them in their lunches or letting them enjoy some for an after pre-school snack.
Making these Baked Cheddar Broccoli Tots are a great alternative to regular tater tots, but you can also make them with other vegetables as well.
- Carrots make a great alternative to the broccoli and look like sweet potatoes but with less carbs.
- Cauliflower is an easy swap for the broccoli, just be sure to steam them a bit longer than the broccoli.
- Zucchini! We LOVE making this with zucchini now and have also been experimenting with half zucchini and half broccoli.
- Enjoy the fall season and make this with steamed and minced pumpkin or butternut squash!
- Any vegetable you can steam to soften will work well in this Baked Cheddar Broccoli Tots recipe.
- 2 cups broccoli crowns (try to avoid as much of the thicker stalk as possible)
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup yellow onion, minced and squeezed in a paper towel to remove juices
- ½ cup cheddar cheese
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons minced green onions
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- canola oil spray
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and spray a baking sheet with oil.
- Add the broccoli to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes covered with a wet paper towel.
- Mince the broccoli as small as you can and add it to the rest of the ingredients in large bowl.
- Using a heaping tablespoon of the mixture, roll it in your hands before pressing down on the top and bottom of the ball while pressing in on the sides and rotating to make a "tot" shape.
- Place onto the baking sheet and spray the tops of the tots with an additional bit of canola oil spray.
- Bake for 7 minutes, turn the tots and bake an additional seven minutes.
We’ve been leaning pretty heavy on these snacks and if you’re looking for a fun veggie filled snack for the little ones, head to Target and pick up a couple of canisters for yourself. You can even take advantage of the current iBotta coupon promotion while supplies last.