Like many of my favorite recipes this was the result of a craving and a wild idea that I had. I was hungry for something small and portable that was savory and creamy, but also chock full of fresh veggies! These are perfect as an entree, I served mine with homemade coleslaw and cucumber yogurt dipping sauce. But, these would also be perfect as a chic little vegetarian appetizer at a dinner party. You could serve them with cocktail sauce, ketchup, spicy dipping sauce, or even hummus!
6 small yukon gold potatoes ($2.77)
3 small heads of broccoli ($2.67)
1 cup pecorino romano, finely grated (parmesan will also work beautifully) ($1.25)
1 egg ($0.16)
1 Tbsp. olive oil ($0.06)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs ($0.18)
2 Tbsp. butter ($0.20)
2 tsp. garlic powder ($0.03)
Step by Step-
1. Peel your potatoes and roughly chop them. Toss them in a pot and cover with cold water and add in a dash of salt. Bring to a boil. Keep the pot at a roaring boil until the potatoes are tender, meanwhile…
2. Slice the florets off each head of broccoli. Toss them into a food processor and puree until broccoli is light and fluffy, almost like a grain, but NOT liquid.
3. In a small pan, add broccoli and toss in olive oil and garlic powder. Mix well and heat over medium heat for about 5 minutes, just until broccoli is a little bit tender. Now turn off the heat and let the broccoli be until you’re done with the next step.
4. Now is the time to preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
5. Next, drain the potatoes, add back into their original pot and mash them with a spoon. Add in butter and combine until potatoes are lovely and creamy.
6. Gradually, mix broccoli mixture into your mashed potato mixture until fully combined. Once that’s done, gradually add in your grated cheese, a little bit at a time, until fully combined. Next, add in one egg, combine. Then add in your breadcrumbs gradually, and combine. By now your mixture will resemble dough.
7. All you need to do now is roll the mixture into balls about the size of a ping pong ball, flatten them slightly so that they resemble tiny patties. Place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes.
8. After 20 minutes, pump the oven heat up to 400 degrees and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
That’s all there is to it. Enjoy these delicious little wonders!