Not-so-humble vegetables, 128pp.
edited by Pamela Clark
The Australian Women’s Weekly Home Library, Sydney, 1999
Cooking on page 32
This cookbook is an A to Z compendium of dishes that put vegetables in a place of honour on the dining table.
It opens with a nifty nutrition guide that gives a rundown on the calories, fibre, vitamins, carbs and such for 43 of the most commonly used vegetables.
I was still in the Bs by the time I got to page 32.
Broccoli with cheese and bacon topping
3 bacon rashers, chopped
1/4 cup (35g) plain flour
1 teaspoon seeded mustard
1/3 cup (80ml) dry white wine
1 1/4 cup (310ml) milk
1/2 cup (60g) grated gruyere cheese
1/2 cup (60g) grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Boil, steam or microwave broccoli until just tender; drain. Cook bacon, stirring, in small dry pan until browned; drain on absorbent paper.
Melt butter in medium pan; add flour, stir over heat until bubbling. Remove from heat; gradually stir in mustard, wine and milk. Stir over heat until sauce boils and thickens; remove from heat, stir in cheeses.
Stand broccoli upright in shallow oiled 1.375-litre (5 1/2-cup) ovenproof dish; pour over cheese mixture, scatter bacon over top. Cook under hot grill about 5 minutes or until browned and heated through.
Serves 4 to 6.
How it played out
Company was coming and I had three heads of broccoli just waiting to be made into this recipe. The instructions were straightforward, so I made this as written. That said, I think I let the sauce cook too long, making it thicker than it needed to be. I certainly couldn’t ‘pour’ the sauce over the broccoli, but it was my own fault.
I also thought there was too much sauce for the amount of broccoli. But this book is from the 1990s and many of the recipes in the book have what I think are ‘heavier’ sauces.
Even though I had some issues with the sauce, I thought this gave a tasty result with ingredients I love. How could bacon ever disappoint?
I’ll be making it again, but reducing the amount of sauce by a third and adjusting the time that I cook it. Reducing the amount of flour might be enough to solve the problem. I’ll get back to you. 🙂
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