Quick and easy baked cheddar Broccoli Tots are an amazingly tasty way to enjoy your vegetables! The whole family loves this healthy tater tot side or snack that's perfect when dipped in ketchup, ranch, or your favorite condiments!
Finely chop the broccoli and transfer into a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, pepper, and optional garlic powder (or minced garlic cloves). Stir and combine thoroughly, then spoon into greased or buttered mini muffin pan, pressing down on each broccoli tater tot bite until full and even with the top of the muffin tray.
Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F (204 degrees C) for 25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the edges are slightly crispy.
These broccoli tater tots can be hand-shaped, but I prefer the ease of using a mini muffin pan for them. If you want to shape them to resemble the packaged tater tots, chill the broccoli mixture for about 15 minutes in the refrigerator. Scoop the broccoli mix in heaping tablespoonful portions and squeeze it in your palm. Then use the fingers of your free hand to smooth edges. That's the best method I've gotten to work.To bake hand shaped tots, place the tots on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at the same temperature. Roll the tots after 8 minutes, then continue to cook for an additional 8 - 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow the tots to cool slightly before serving.*For a Paleo, Gluten-Free, or Atkins friendly version omit breadcrumbs and/or cheddar cheese.