Broccoli Cheese Bites

Broccoli Cheese Bites

Some years back if you went to TGI Friday’s you could get broccoli wrapped in cheddar cheese coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried.
Those, along with their Long Island Iced Tea, were pretty much the only reason I went to Friday’s.

Much to my dismay, they have long since been discontinued. Fortunately, thanks to one of their former bartenders, I know the secret ingredient…. It’s bacon bits. Yup, those dry crunchy things of unknown origin that taste almost but not quite entirely unlike bacon are what gives one of my favorite snacks their unique flavor.

They’re really easy to make.

sharp cheddar cheese
bacon bits
panko bread crumbs
1 egg
corn starch
broccoli –if you insist

You melt sharp cheddar cheese in a double boiler, add bacon bits and then coat small pieces of broccoli with the cheese.
–In fact, unless I have someone around that really insists on having broccoli I skip the green stuff altogether.

At any rate, wait until the cheese starts to cool then roll the mixture into bite-sized balls, dip the balls in cornstarch, followed by slightly beaten egg and then bread crumbs.
Deep fry them until they’re golden brown.

broccoli cheese bites

Add ranch dressing and a cold beer and you’re golden.