Kooking Kosher: Broccoli cheddar cheese tots



The Hebrew word “kosher” means fit or proper as it relates to Jewish dietary law. Kosher foods are permitted to be eaten and can be used as ingredients in the production of additional food items.

And when it comes to Kosher cooking, there is a lot to learn, a lot to share, a lot to try, and a lot to eat. The St. Louis Jewish Light is partnering with a fun Facebook group called Adventures In Kosher Cooking and its admin Howard Wasserman to provide more insight and especially more recipes to those of you looking to keep your kosher choices abundant.

Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Tots

  • 2 cups steamed broccoli, crowns only
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, leaves only
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, Italian seasoned breadcrumbs or gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  1. In a food processor, combine the broccoli, onion, parsley, and garlic. Pulse the broccoli mixture very fine.
  2. In a bowl or gallon-sized food storage bag add the processed broccoli mixture with all of the remaining ingredients.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Mix well with gloved or slightly wet hands to combine like you would making meatloaf or meatballs.
  5. Scoop mixture into the palm of your slightly wet hand. Roll the mixture into a ball. Once a ball has formed, begin pressing down on the top and bottom of the ball with your thumbs while pressing in on the sides with your other hand, rotating into a cylinder-like “tot” shape.
  6. Semi-freeze for 20 to 30 minutes to hold shape prior to oven time. You can also leave them in round ball shape and flatten out into discs.
  7. Place onto a baking sheet that’s been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spray the tops of the tots with an additional bit of canola oil spray and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn the tots and bake an additional 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown and warmed through.