Broccoli Balls

It’s no secret, I love football, so this time of year is bitter-sweet.  It’s the end of the football season, but it’s the biggest game of the year.  To celebrate the big game this week, I’m going to post a few of my favorite game day recipes for the big party.

Today I’m starting with one of my favorite appetizers inspired by one of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans, Copelands.

Bayou Ball 4

These can be prepared early and set aside until guess arrive to fry because they should be served hot.

Ingredients needed:

1 cup of cooked bacon, chopped

2 cups cooked broccoli, chopped

2 cups of grated cheddar and Coby jack cheese

2 eggs

1 cup bread crumbs

In a large bowl, mix bacon, broccoli and cheese together.  Add half of one egg and a table-spoon of the bread crumbs to mixture.  Mix together and take a spoon full and roll into a balls.  Place balls in the refrigerator for at least an hour to set.  When you’re ready to fry, heat cast iron skillet or deep fryer with vegetable oil.   While you’re waiting for the grease to heat, place the rest of the egg in a small bowl and place the remaining bread crumbs in another bowl.  Remove balls from the refrigerator and roll in egg mixture and then in bread crumbs to create a coating.  Carefully place balls in oil and fry for about 45 seconds on each side.  It doesn’t take long, because the ingredients are cooked and you just want to melt the cheese. And you’re done!

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