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Friday, April 29, 2016

Bennigan's Broccoli Bites

How to make Bennigan's Broccoli Bites Recipe -  These little fried nuggets are a great way to get the kids to eat their vegetables.


Broccoli Bites:
2 cups frozen chopped broccoli
3 eggs
¾ cup shredded Colby cheese
¾ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
5 tablespoons real bacon bits
1 tablespoon diced yellow onion
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups oil, for frying
Italian breadcrumbs, as needed

Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce:
¾ cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1/3 cup honey
4 teaspoons lemon juice

Thaw and drain broccoli thoroughly by pressing through a strainer. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl with a whisk until well blended.

Place the broccoli, eggs, cheeses, bacon bits, onion, and flour into a plastic container. Stir together with a spatula until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate mixture for about 1 hour. This will help to bind the mix, making preparation much easier.

Heat about 4 cups oil in a fryer or deep pan at 350°F. Place the bread crumbs in a shallow pan. Scoop a 1 tablespoon portion of the broccoli mixture into the bread crumbs. Form each portion into a ball and coat it well in the bread crumbs.

Place the broccoli bites into the fry basket or frying pan. Make sure they do not stick together. Fry for 1 minute.

Remove and place onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.

For the dipping sauce, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise and mustard. Blend thoroughly using a whisk. Slowly pour in the honey and lemon juice and continue mixing until smooth and well combined. Serve with broccoli bites.
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