02/18/2013 10:41 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Broccoli Cheese Puffs from Scratch

I woke up on Super Bowl Sunday thinking about broccoli cheese puffs. I had cooked a head of broccoli the night before and had leftovers. Thought it would be fun to start the day with some canapés! Actually, if you know me, you know I don't give a fig about American football. (Sorry!) But there was snow on the ground, no obligations, bills were paid, and it felt like a day for a party, even if it was just the kids and I. So I turned on the music (writing this to "Clap Yo Hands" from the movie Funny Face!!!!! Fabulous!!!!*) and we had a breakfast party! But these are so easy you can actually make them for a party and it's no big deal. They'll be gone in a flash.

Broccoli Cheese Puffs from Scratch

  • 2 cups chopped cooked broccoli
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère or cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil for the pan
  1. Mix everything in a bowl except for the olive oil.
  2. I made mine in a tiny muffin tin. Use the olive oil to grease the tin, fill the muffin openings (they will not really puff up that much), and bake at 350° for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.

My 6-year-old ate five of them for breakfast without complaining one bit that there was broccoli in them!


* Sung by Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson, who was also the author of Eloise, who MOST assuredly had canapés for breakfast on a regular basis.



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