Courgette tots

Once upon a time

Not so long ago there was a little boy that had a very limited diet. If was not a white carbohydrate or a sausage he wasn’t interested. The only vegetable he would eat was a potato. Fast forward a few years and that same boy now has a diet that includes carrots, peas, broccoli, kale and even the odd bit of lettuce. It was not an easy journey from ‘only potato’ to ‘can I try that?’. It took a great deal of patience, honesty and building trust. 

Courgette tots

Broccoli and beyond

Broccoli tots were our first real win on the vegetable front. I don’t know what it was that made them so successful with the little man but every time I made them he (and everyone else) cleared them out. They have been requested and enjoyed on a regular basis since then. 

Eat with the seasons

We try to eat with the seasons as much as possible, at the moment we have an abundance of courgettes. There is only so much courgette ravioli a girl can make before losing her mind, so I decided to try making a new variation of broccoli tots. 

This recipe kills two birds new veg for the kids to try out and Jaime not having to find a new girlfriend because of ravioli. This recipe is just the same as the original broccoli tots, it is only the preparation of the courgette is the key difference. The high water content in courgettes means that you have to take the extra step of removing the excess liquid, if not you have some soggy tots. 

Courgette tots recipe

Courgette tots ingredients
Courgette tots ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup courgette, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp. seasoned coconut flour salt and black pepper to taste
In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Take two teaspoons and create a Quenelle, scoop up a mound of the mixture,
Take two teaspoons and create a Quenelle, scoop up a mound of the mixture,
Pass the mixture from one spoon to the other gently smoothing into an oval shape.
Pass the mixture from one spoon to the other gently smoothing into an oval shape.
Pass the mixture from one spoon to the other gently smoothing into an oval shape.
Pass the mixture from one spoon to the other gently smoothing into an oval shape.
Place on the baking tray
Place on the baking tray
Bake for 16-18 minutes, turning halfway through cooking until golden.
Bake for 16-18 minutes, turning halfway through cooking until golden.
Serve hot
Serve hot

Courgette tots

  • Servings: 8
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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These tots last seconds on the plate; truth be told they are a huge hit with everyone. They are a little messy and can take some time to make, but they are worth the effort.



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup courgette, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp. seasoned coconut flour
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C/ 400 degrees F
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone liner
  3. Grate the courgette and press it to remove any excess liquid, I like to use a clean cotton dishtowel.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. There are two ways to make the tots
  6. 1. take a tablespoon, get a heaped spoon of the mixture, and roll it into an oval.
  7. 2. take two teaspoons and create a Quenelle, scoop up a mound of the mixture, pass the mixture from one spoon to the other gently smoothing into an oval shape.
  8. Place on the baking tray and bake for 16-18 minutes, turning halfway through cooking until golden.Place on the baking tray and bake for 16-18 minutes, turning halfway through cooking until golden.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 38 calories; 2 g fat; 2 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein

Equipment

  • Baking tray
  • Baking paper or a silicone liner
  • Grater
  • Kitchen towel
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tablespoons 
  • Tongs 

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.

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