Broccoli Cheese Balls


1 1/2 heaping cups fresh broccoli florets 1 cup shredded Colby cheese 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 4 ounces Velveeta, cut into small chunks 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 2 1/4 cups Panko crumbs, divided 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 eggs, lightly beaten Vegetable or Canola oil



Steam broccoli until slightly softened. Let cool. Finely chop broccoli. You want the pieces to be 1/4-inch or less. Place in a large bowl. Add cheese, red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup Panko crumbs, and 1 egg to bowl with broccoli. Stir well. Use your hands to shape mixture into balls using about a rounded tablespoon for each ball. You should get 12-14. Place balls on a plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Place flour in a bowl. Place the 2 lightly beaten eggs in a second bowl and mix in 1 tablespoon water. Place remaining 2 cups Panko crumbs in a third bowl. Pour about 2 inches of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. Heat oil to 375 degrees. For best results use a thermometer. Remove broccoli balls from refrigerator, coat in flour, dip in egg mixture, and then coat in Panko crumbs. Fry about 4 balls at a time cooking until golden brown on all sides. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

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