I can’t even get my son to look in the general direction of broccoli, let alone try it! When I saw these Broccoli Poppers I knew I had to try them, but I wasn’t sure how it would go over. As I was making them the other night, his interest was peaked and he asked me what they were. On a whim, I told him that they were Ninja Turtle Poppers because I was afraid that if I said broccoli, he would decide he didn’t like them before he ever tried them.
He seemed excited to try them while they were in the oven, but once they were done, he didn’t even want to take a bite! I ended up getting him to agree to one bite, but he claimed he didn’t like them. My husband and I thought they were delicious, though! So off they went into my freezer, and I plan to try them again in a week or two. I am a strong believer that you need to offering foods to your children, even when they tell you they don’t like them. Taste buds change and evolve over time, and so do their opinions. I still wanted to share them here just in case some of you have older children that might be more likely to eat them.
- 4 cups broccoli, florets
- 1 cup shredded chese
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs, dry, grated, plain
- 1/2 cup panko crumbs
- Place broccoli in a food processor and pulse into tiny peices. (You can also chop with a knife)
- Steam your broccoli for 2-3 minutes until tender.
- Squeeze out the excess water with a cheese cloth.
- Add the rest of your ingredients to you bowl except for Panko, and mix.
- Scoop out tablespoon size balls of the mixture and roll in Panko. Place on a greased cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until golden and crispy.
- Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.
Original recipe and photos found HERE.