Gooey melty keto fried cheese balls in a crispy grain-free crust. These delicious little broccoli cheese bites are a perfect keto appetizer for game day. Or any day!
Servings: 15 servings
Broccoli Cheese Balls
- 1 1/2 cups frozen broccoli thawed and drained (about 6 ounces)
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 6 ounces cheddar grated
- 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp cream
- 1 1/2 cups pork rind crumbs
- 3 to 4 cups oil for frying
Chop the broccoli finely and place in a large bowl. Add the cream cheese, cheddar, garlic, pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Mash with a fork until well combined.
Roll the mixture into balls no bigger than 1 inch, and place on a waxed paper lined baking sheet or tray. You should get about 30 balls. Freeze 3 to 4 hours.
Spread the coconut flour in a shallow dish. Whisk the eggs and cream together in a medium bowl. Spread the pork rinds in another medium bowl.
Once frozen, add the oil to a deep heavy duty 4 quart saucepan and bring up to 350F. Do your best to keep the temperature between 330F and 350F. (Any hotter means that the outside of the bites cooks too quickly while the filling doesn’t thaw).
Roll each ball in the coconut flour for a light coatiing, then dip in the egg and dredge in the prok rind crumbs.
Add 4 to 6 balls to the hot oil and cook about 3 minutes, until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining balls.
Serve room temperature (don’t serve hot of they will burn your mouth with melty cheese!).
Serving: 2balls | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.4g | Protein: 8.5g | Fat: 14.3g | Fiber: 0.7g