Parmesan Broccoli Balls

"This is an excellent hot appetizer, and a particular favorite of mine to serve with any kind of meatballs. These always go fast once they come out of the oven, and are a good way to sneak in some tasty vegetables."
photo by Claire de Luna photo by Claire de Luna
photo by Claire de Luna
Ready In:
72 1inch balls




  • Cook frozen broccoli according to package directions; drain well.
  • Combine all ingredients, mixing well.
  • Pour mixture into a sheet pan and spread evenly; Refrigerate.
  • When firm, roll mixture into small (1 inch) balls.
  • Roll balls in Parmesan cheese.
  • Freeze.
  • To serve: Put frozen broccoli balls in a preheated 350 degree F. oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown.

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  1. Ducky
    These are so good I could make a whole meal of them! They seem like comfort food. DS even tried them and he normally won't eat vegetables. The cheese and the stuffing give them a great taste. I did need some extra parmesan for the rolling step. We will be making this recipe a lot! Thanks.
  2. Sharon123
    I got given a bunch(I mean alot!) of fresh broccoli, so I made these to use some up. These are great tasting little treats to nibble on!The Parmesan gives it a nice flavor. Thank you for posting! I halved this recipe!
  3. SuzieQue
    I was suprised at how delicious these were! Everyone from kids to adults loved them. I screwed up and melted the butter and then had to put the mix in the refrig until it firmed up enough to roll into balls .. it still turned out to be wonderful!
  4. Chattes
    Instead of making these in small 1 inch balls, I made them twice as big and froze them. I didn't have any of the problems others had in rolling them after chilling the mixture for an hour or so because I added a perhaps a half cup more stuffing. Last night, I took 8 of them out of the freezer, defrosted them in the microwave and then baked them for about 25 minutes at 375. They were delicious as is and I think the next time I serve them, I'll try adding some type of sauce to dip them in.
  5. maer123 Rivera
    Thanks for a new EASY and Tasty vegetable based hot appetizer. I couldn't believe how fast and easy these were. The the browned parmesan cheese gives give them wonderful flavor. The next time I make them I think I will let the mixture rest for an hour or two before rolling them to let the moisture blend evenly into the stuffing mix. Bravo! With broccoli being so popular these days, I believe I will wear this one out!


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