Broccoli Cheese Balls

Broccoli Cheese Balls



1 1/2 cups thick fresh broccoli florets
1 cup grated Colby cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
4 ounces Velveeta cheese into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 1/4 cups panko breadcrumbs, divided
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten



Vegetable or canola oil

Steam broccoli until slightly softened.

Let cool.

Finely chop the broccoli.

You want the pieces to be 1/4 inch or smaller.

Place in a large bowl.

Add the cheese, red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs and 1 egg to the bowl with the broccoli.

Stir well.

Using e your hands make balls, You should have 12-14 ,using about a rounded tablespoon for each ball.
refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Put the flour in a bowl.

Place the 2 lightly beaten eggs in a second bowl and mix in 1 tablespoon of water.

Place the remaining breadcrumbs in another bowl.
Pour about 2 inches of oil into heavy saucepan
Heat the oil to 375 degrees.

For best results, use a thermometer.
Remove the broccoli balls from the refrigerator, top with flour, dip in the egg mixture, then top with panko breadcrumbs.

Fry about 4 balls at a time, cooking until golden on all sides.

Drain on a paper towel lined plate.