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Broccoli Bacon Ranch Tots

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"The great flavors of bacon, Cheddar, and ranch in a low-carb, low-calorie tot! Enjoy hot with ketchup, Sriracha, ranch dressing, or your favorite dipping sauce!"
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1 h 14 m servings 231
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place 1/2 of the broccoli florets in a food processor; pulse about 20 times until it looks like grains of rice. Repeat with remaining broccoli florets.
  3. Fill a large, shallow saucepan with 1/2 inch water; add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add broccoli rice. Cover and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and let cool, about 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer broccoli rice to the center of a clean absorbent dish towel. Squeeze and twist the towel to remove as much of the moisture as possible.
  5. Mix Cheddar cheese, bread crumbs, onion, egg, bacon, ranch dressing mix, and parsley together in a large bowl. Mix in broccoli rice until mixture sticks together when pressed into a ball.
  6. Scoop 1 1/2 tablespoons of mixture with a small ice cream scoop; form into a ball and press into the shape of a tot using oiled hands. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  7. Drizzle olive oil over broccoli tots. Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon salt on top.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven, turning halfway with tongs, until golden brown, about 24 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Step 4 is key. The dryer the broccoli rice is, the better the flavor and texture of the broccoli tots will be.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 231 calories; 17.2 9.2 11.1 74 1408 Full nutrition

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Fabulous .. I didn't have enough cheese so I added an extra egg and I used my favorite turkey peppered bacon. Yes rolling them is time consuming so I tried them in three different shapes.. per r...

These were very good. I liked the combination of the bacon and the ranch dressing. I did not dip them in anything because I thought the flavors were just right.

Hint: Mix it all up and put it in a ziplock bag. Cut the tip so you can use it like a pastry bag and squirt the tots out to the desired size. Much easier and tidier than forming balls. Delicio...

These were excellent! They are a bit time consuming but still excellent. As the recipe submitter mentions, the key is in step 4. You've really got to get as much moisture out of the broccoli as ...