Baked Broccoli and Potato cheesy tots


When it comes to green vegetables sometimes kids can get really really picky. That’s why I like finding fun and healthy recipes to make my kids enjoying “the greens”.

The broccoli and potato tots are easy to make and you can prepare them in advance, store in the refrigerator and warm up when needed 😉

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What I really like about this recipe is the good balance between broccoli, potatoes and cheese. None of the flavors is overpowering. My kids really appreciated the heart shape. It didn’t require a lot of extra time to prepare them and it was totally worth 😉

5 from 1 vote
Baked Broccoli and Potato cheesy tots
Servings: 25 kid size tots
  • 2 cups broccoli 500gr.
  • 1 big potato 250gr.
  • 2 tsp minced parsley
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 Cup breadcrumbs 180gr.
  • 1 Cup grated cheddar cheese 250gr.
  • 1 clove garlic
  1. Preheat the oven at 400F/180C
  2. Line a baking sheet with some parchment paper. Fill a medium size pot with water and let it boil
  3. Cut the broccoli florets and the potato in small cubes
  4. When the water is boiling blanch the vegetables: add the potato cubes first and 1 minute later the broccoli for another minute
  5. After two minutes total (we are blanching, not boiling) drain the vegetables and shock them under cold running water to stop the cooking process and keep the bright broccoli color
  6. Place the vegetables in a food processor. Add the garlic clove and mix for 1 minute.
  7. Transfer the vegetable mix in a medium size bowl and add the other ingredients: minced parsley, eggs, grated cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs
  8. Mix well
  9. Fill with the mix a heart shape cookie cutter. Create small kid size broccoli and potato heart tots.
  10. Place them on a parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake at 400F/180C for 25 minutes until golden brown and crispy


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  • Reply
    January 18, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    You had an error. Is 400F/180C not 400C/180F.


    • Reply
      Barbara Lamperti
      January 18, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Hi Judit! thank you for noticing, sorry for the switch 🙂

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    March 22, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Where’s a printable version?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      March 22, 2016 at 3:04 am

      Hi Barb! On the right side of the title “Baked Broccoli and Potato cheesy tots” you will find a printer symbol. Click it to print the recipe. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks for watching BuonaPappa! b

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        Lisa Ograk
        July 13, 2020 at 3:32 am

        Hi, are these able to be stored in the freezer after baking them ?

        • Reply
          Barbara Lamperti
          October 19, 2020 at 6:09 pm

          Sure! Store them in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 3 months. I would thaw a tot in the microwave for 15/20 seconds and that move it in the toaster for 1 min to get that crispy surface. Ciao!! b

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    June 5, 2016 at 2:16 am

    Great recipe! It was a hit with both my 2years old and 11 months old baby. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Barbara Lamperti
      June 9, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      So glad to hear that!! b

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    November 14, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Is it possible to make these without eggs?

    • Reply
      Barbara Lamperti
      November 14, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Hi Julia! yes, you can skip the eggs. The tots will just be less firm as the eggs have a binding role in this recipe. Enjoy! b

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    October 19, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    My daughter loved these
    Can they be frozen?

    • Reply
      Barbara Lamperti
      October 19, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      Aww, so happy to hear that! They are a lovely finger food idea for little ones. Yes, they can be frozen easily. I would suggest to freeze them before baking so that you will bake them directly from the freezer just adding 4/5 minutes more to the baking time. In this way you will get exactly the same texture when baking from fresh. You can also freeze and baked leftover. To thaw them I would suggest either to place them in the oven from frozen to 400F for 10/12 minutes or microwave for 15/20 sec and then place in the toaster for 1 minute. Enjoy! Ciao, b

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