Delicious Party Food; Jalapeño Broccoli Cheddar Tots

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I'm taking the Holidays about 10x more seriously this year because it my first Christmas with my new husband. I've always loved this season but now that I have someone to celebrate it with I'm enjoying all the traditions so much more since they will become such sweet memories for us. One thing I've noticed already about being married to the military is that get-togethers are a very regular occurrence here (Travis literally just texted me to ask if I wanted to go to a friends cookout this weekend.) As such I'm working on building up my arsenal of holiday party recipes while also trying to find new ways to eat veggies for Travis and I. He's a sucker for anything Jalapeño and his favorite veggie is broccoli so I whipped up this delicious appetizer over the weekend.

IMG_8130During my weekly Target trip I picked up some of the Jalapeño sauce, as well as some of the Chiptole and Original (it's amazing how quickly we can go through hot sauce in this house!) TargetI had made a version of this recipe before but the Jalapeño flavor made it go from 'average' to 'I'm going to eat all of these before Travis gets home'.

IMG_8124Ingredients:

- 1 head of broccoli cut into florets (about 2 cups)

- 1 cup of cheese. I loved using this Four Cheese Mexican blend in it! Any type of cheddar would work.

- 1 egg and 1 egg white

- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

- 1/2 cup green onions

- 1 T. Tabasco Jalapeño sauce

- salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Steam broccoli florets in a pan of boiling water for a few minutes before chopping up into teeny tiny pieces (or chop it up in a food processor if you are one of them rich folks who have one.) Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl. Take 1 large spoonful at a time, try to form into a ball (it will be a hot mess) and place on baking sheet. Mine made about 20. Bake for 18-20 minutes, flipping over halfway through.

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IMG_8141They may not be the prettiest things you've ever seen, but they are delicious! I like mine as crunchy as possible so I let each side get to a pretty dark brown.Broccoli Cheddar Bites[Tweet "Jalapeño Broccoli Cheddar Bites; fun way to get kids (or adults!) to eat veggies!"]

What is your 'go to' party recipe?