Veggie bites by Annabel Karmel

by Annabel Karmel |

Preparation Time

30 minutes


Makes 15 veggie balls (suitable for freezing)


  • 1 large white potato (about 440g)

  • 40g dried or Panko breadcrumbs

  • 50g carrot, grated

  • 4 spring onions, chopped

  • 50g brown mushrooms, chopped

  • 40g grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil

  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

  • 2 tsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp sweet chilli sauce

  • 1–2 tbsp plain flour

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil

These mini bites are a fantastic way to pack in veggies and are an ideal finger food. They are also perfect for batch-cooking and freezing, in readiness for any last-minute picnic planning or after-school playdates.

1. Prick the potato and bake it in the microwave for 7–10 minutes until soft. Leave to cool, then cut it in half and scoop out the flesh – you will need 250g potato.

2. Put the cool potato and remaining ingredients (except the flour and the oil) in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until chopped. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, season lightly with salt and pepper (if using) and shape it into 15 equal-sized balls.

3. Place the flour in a bowl and lightly coat the balls in flour. Transfer them to plate and chill for 15 minutes.

4. Heat the oil in a frying pan until hot. Fry the balls for about 2 minutes until golden all over and heated through. Serve with cucumber sticks and halved cherry tomatoes, or a mayonnaise dip with sweet chilli sauce.

Suitable from 12 months +

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