These Broccoli Cheese Balls are delicious and healthy vegetable-loaded appetizers that can be served with a barbecue or as a food platter bite.
It’s delicious dipped in any sauce like tomato sauce, hummus, or guacamole.
What Are Broccoli Balls?
Broccoli Cheese Balls are simple, healthy appetizers that are made with a large amount of broccoli, some cheese, and some healthy flours.
They can also be made with breadcrumbs, but the healthiest version contains almond flour and psyllium husk for a good amount of fiber and nutrients without the carbs.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This recipe is a great simple appetizer:
- High in Fiber
- Low in Carbs
- Keto-Friendly (1.6g of Net Carbs)
How To Make Broccoli Cheese Balls
- Broccoli – Broccoli is a delicious low-carb vegetable. Remove the feet of the broccoli, and chop the head finely.
- Eggs – Eggs are necessary to create the binding.
- Almond Flour – Almond flour is a low-carb flour, perfect as a healthier replacement for panko crumbs.
- Psyllium Husk
- Grated Mozzarella – or any cheese like Emmental freshly grated with a box grater.
- Onion – finely diced
- Herbs and Spices – such as Paprika, Dried Oregano, Cilantro, Salt, Garlic Powder, and Pepper.
Preparing The Broccoli
Start by removing the feet of the broccoli florets. You can use them later to make a soup.
Only use the softer parts of the broccoli and chop them finely.
Steam the chopped broccoli for just 4 to 5 minutes over high heat. This short cooking avoids losing the nutrients from the vegetables.
You can also boil them for longer and the recipe would still work but steaming is better to keep the nutrient and green color.
Drain the broccoli florets using a clean towel and transfer them to a large mixing bowl.
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Making The Broccoli Ball Batter
Add the eggs, grated cheese, and all the other ingredients.
Combine the broccoli cheese ball batter with a spatula until it becomes dense and sticky.
Line a large baking tray with lightly oiled parchment paper and form 20 broccoli balls with your hands.
Baking The Balls
Make sure to leave one or two inches of space between each broccoli cheese ball.
Bake the balls for 15 to 20 minutes at 400°F (200°C) until they have turned golden and the surface is crispy.
Let them cool down for 5 minutes before serving them hot.
Serving Broccoli Cheese Balls
You can keep the baked broccoli cheese balls for up to 4 days in the fridge.
They can also be frozen in zip-lock bags. Wait until they are fully cooled down before freezing them for up to a month.
Defrost the broccoli balls in the oven, or place them frozen on a cooking tray covered with parchment paper.
Cook them until they have defrosted and are crispy – it takes about 8 minutes at 350°F (180°C). Don’t overcook are they will dry out.
You can’t swap the egg in this broccoli ball recipe, but you can replace the psyllium husk and almond flour with other non-keto ingredients.
Frequently Asked Questions
These vegetable bites can be baked in an air fryer. Place them on a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook them for 10 minutes at 400°F (200°C).
Broccoli is one of the keto-friendly vegetables with only 4 grams of net carbs per 100 grams.
More Appetizer Recipes
If you like this quick appetizer recipe, I recommend trying the other low-carb party food below to pair with the broccoli bites.
Broccoli Cheese Balls
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