Broccoli Bites with a Spicy Dipping Sauce

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day (or whatever day it is when you are reading this)!! What better way to introduce my very Irish sous chef than on St. Patty’s Day with his bright green broccoli bites. My sous chef is the man behind some of the extraordinary photos on this site. He is also a perfect example of someone who has opened his whole meat loving world to a life of vegan and vegetarian cooking.

Keep an eye out on Saturday’s for his delicious creations and his recipe takeovers. After all, we need a to a reason to add some healthy flare to the ever popular hash tag #saturdaysarefortheboys .

The broccoli bites are so packed with flavor and “cheesy” goodness. The Siracha cashewgurt dipping sauce can be kept to the side to make this a kid friendly recipe. (My niece and nephew absolutely love these!) Or- if you are making this for spice hungry adults feel free to drizzle the sauce right on each of these bites.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large fresh broccoli crowns, steamed and chopped
  • 3 slices of Chao Vegan Cheese, I suggest using the “creamy original” which has a monterey jack flavor
  • 3 eggs (can be substituted if needed)
  • 1 cup of ground flax-seed meal
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons of plain cashewgurt or other non-dairy yogurt
  • Sriracha sauce to taste (can also use favorite hot sauce or buffalo sauce in replace)

 

Preheat oven to 375F.

While preheating, chop your large broccoli crowns into small pieces and place in a steamer. I use a microwaveable steamer on high for about 4.5 minutes. While steaming, cut your cheese into tiny little pieces. This will help is to melt down in the oven.

When broccoli is completely steamed let it cool down until comfortable to touch. Then, in  a large mixing bowl, start to break down the broccoli with your hands. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty! Add in your eggs, sliced cheese, flax-seed, and salt/pepper. Mix it together until everything is evenly distributed.

Take a large cooking tray and line it with foil or parchment paper. Then, with your hands, form small little bite size broccoli balls. Place each broccoli ball onto the pan. They do not really expand much in the oven so feel free to squish em’ all on there!

Bake the broccoli bites at 375F for about 25-30 minutes. Flip them over about halfway through so that each side can brown evenly. *Depending on your oven this may take a few minutes longer, so just keep an eye out on them!

While the broccoli bites are finishing cooking, take out a small bowl. Put your cashewgurt in and slowly start mixing in your Sriracha or hot sauce of your choice. Add as much heat as you would like until the desired taste is acquired. The dipping sauce will begin to turn a bright orange color which will pop beautifully with these green bites!

When the oven timer goes off, take your broccoli bites and place them on a platter. You can drizzle your Sriracha yogurt sauce directly on top of them or if sharing with little ones, keep it in a small dish on the side for dipping!

This recipe is super easy and packed with color and flavor. It will please everyone from little kids to meat lovers!

 

Stay tuned next Saturday for another recipe from my lovely sous chef!

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