This recipe was:
- super delicious
- no complaining from kids
- hubs liked it
Recipe Adapted from Two Bite Club
Ingredients (makes 24 tots)
Preheat oven to 400
- 2 medium zucchini
- 1/2 white onion, finely diced
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 oz sharp cheddar cheese (I used Trader Joe's New Zealand sharp cheddar)
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- salt & pepper
Add 1/2 white onion (super finely dices) to zucchini bowl
Grate the garlic cloves into the bowl
Grate the cheese into the bowl
Add breadcrumbs (Panko is key! I like Kikkoman brand)
Add 3 eggs and stir all the ingredients together. Add a liberal amount of salt and a few turns of the pepper mill.
At this point I had to run a kid to track practice, I set the bowl in the fridge. When I got back, a lot of liquid settled to the bottom. Next time I will put the mixture in a strainer over a bowl and let it rest in the fridge that way to get even more liquid out.
I used a 24 ct mini muffin tin, sprayed with Pam. This was exactly perfect for the amount of mix I had. I scooped the mixture into the tins, pressing down with my spoon so it was firm. I left a lot of liquid in the bottom of my mixing bowl - I was a little worried that my mix was still too wet - but no worries, it turned out perfectly.
Original recipe calls for 15 - 18 minutes, but mine weren't brown yet, and I wanted them to be nice and crisp - like tater tots!
Cook @ 400 for 35 minutes.
The nutrition stats could be improved. For 8 tots (third of the recipe) - 286 cals, 20 g carbs, 16 g fat, 18 g protein. My kids only ate 4 as a side dish, I ate 8 as my main course. This could certainly be lightened up by using only the egg white, using less or low fat cheese.
But as is - so worth the calories!! They were brown and crispy on the outside (rarely do I turn out a recipe that looks as good as the original blog I found it on - but I did!), it was a light and squishy on the inside. The browned cheese and garlic added a nice strong flavor, while the zucchini and white onion added a subtle sweetness. I had to stop and walk away from keeping myself from eating the whole pan.