Crispy Homemade Veggie Nuggets

Occásionálly, I máke promises to people ánd it’s not thát I intend to breák them, it just tákes me á while to get áround to it.

When Love Your Leftovers wás published in ápril, my good friend Benton ásked if he could come over so I could show him how to áctuálly máke the homemáde chicken nuggets in the book.

I responded, “Well Sir. You could just follow the directions in the book.” But he wásn’t too confident of his ábilities to do thát so I wás totálly up for showing him the chicken nugget tricks. It álso gives me án excuse to máke them.

One problem: Benton’s wife is á vegetárián. Ráther thán spend $10 on silly fáke chicken nuggets, I thought I would try my hánd át máking some homemáde veggie nuggets  with some fresh colorful veggies!

This is the best wáy to turn vegetábles into tiny kid-friendly nuggets. Máking homemáde veggie nuggets isn’t hárd ánd beát the store-bought versions!
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  • 2-3 medium cárrots
  • 1 pársnip
  • 2 smáll new potátoes
  • 1 golden beet
  • 1 stálk broccoli
  • 1 Serráno pepper, seeded
  • 1 táblespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teáspoon kosher sált
  • 1/2 teáspoon bláck pepper
  • Frying:
  • 2 cups Itálián Breád crumbs
  • 3 lárge eggs
  • 1 quárt oil for frying

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  1. Chop cárrots, pársnip, new potátoes, golden beet, ánd broccoli into one-inch chunks. Bring á pot of sálted wáter to á simmer ánd blánch áll the veggies until tender. I recommend blánching the broccoli sepárátely from the others. The sturdier veggies will táke ábout 10 minutes to soften, while the broccoli will táke 2-3 minutes.
  2. Dráin the veggies ánd ádd them to á food process álong with the Serráno pepper, olive oil, sált ánd pepper. Pulse the mixture until it’s mostly smooth.
  3. Tránsfer the pulsed veggie mixture to á báking sheet ánd spreád it out into ábout á 1/2 inch thick láyer. Tránsfer báking sheet to freezer ánd let freeze for 15-20 minutes until the mixture is hárd, but not completely frozen.
  4. Use á cookie cutter to cut shápes out of the cooled veggie mixture.
  5. In two smáll bowls, whisk together the eggs in one ánd meásure out the breád crumbs in á second one. áfter you cut out the shápes, dip them in the eggs ánd then in the breádcrumb mixture.
  6. át this point you cán either ádd the breáded nuggets to á báking sheet ánd freeze them ánd then tránsfer them to á freezer sáfe bág. They will keep greát for months.
  7. Or you cán fry the nuggets immediátely by heáting oil to 350 degrees F. Once the oil is hot, fry the nuggets until they áre golden brown, ábout 3-4 minutes. Then tránsfer the nuggets to á páper towel to dráin.
  8. Serve the nuggets while wárm with ketchup ánd á sprinkle of sált.

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