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broccoli cauliflower balls

Baked Broccoli and Cauliflower Balls with Cheese

The best cauliflower broccoli “meatballs” I have ever tasted, cheesy balls with lots of vegetables and ground almonds.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 353kcal
Author Adina


  • ½ medium head broccoli about 250 g/ 8.8 oz
  • ½ small head cauliflower about 250 g/ 8.8 oz (See note)
  • 90 g/ 3.1 oz/ ¾ cup ground almonds
  • 45 g/ 1.6 oz/ ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 50 g/ 1.8 oz/ ½ cup grated Parmesan or vegetarian hard cheese
  • 50 g/ 1.8 oz/ ½ cup Gouda or cheddar grated
  • 4 garlic cloves grated
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Divide the broccoli and the cauliflower into florets and chop their stems into small pieces. Steam the vegetables or cook them in a little water until soft. Drain very well and let cool down a little, the vegetables should not be as hot as to melt the cheese.
  • Measure about 4 cups of the mixed vegetables and place them in the food processor. Pulse until chopped and transfer to a medium bowl. You can also mash the vegetables with a fork. They should be finely chopped, but not turned into a puree.
  • Add the almonds, breadcrumbs, garlic, Parmesan, and Gouda or cheddar, the beaten eggs, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix well and form about 20 little balls. Squeeze them a little to make sure they hold their shape.
  • Brush a mini-muffin tray form with some olive oil and place the balls into the molds. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden and heated through. Loosen the edges with a knife if necessary and remove them from the pan.
  • Serve hot or cold as suggested above.



You should have 4 cups of steamed/cooked broccoli and cauliflower florets in the end.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 1123mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g