Quick Broccoli Bake, Soufflé-Like

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is the lazy cook's way of producing a soufflé-like broccoli dish! This is delicious, and even the kids won't know they're actually eating broccoli! An ideal vegetable dish with any fried or baked chicken pieces.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb broccoli, weighed after the hard stalks have been removed (500 ml)
  • 14 lb bacon, chopped (125 g)
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 12 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, matured, grated (optional)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 12 teaspoons salt, preferably a seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • dried breadcrumbs (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 deg F/180 deg Celsius. If you have a convection oven, you might find this heat setting too high. Sometimes I bake this dish at 325 def F/160 deg Celsius
  2. Cook or steam the broccoli until just fork-tender.
  3. Fry the bacon bits and chopped onion in a little hot oil over fairly high heat, stirring often. When softened, add the balsamic vinegar and the sugar, and stir well. Add a pinch of salt as well.
  4. Fry until well coloured but not burning! Remove with a slotted spoon so the fat stays behind, and keep in a small bowl.
  5. If using, grate the cheese, and measure loosely: do not push into the cup measure. You could also use a handful of grated parmesan instead of a cup of cheddar.
  6. Put the broccoli into a processor with the cup of milk, the flour, the eggs, nutmeg, salt and Tabasco (or any hot pepper sauce, or chopped chilli pepper).
  7. Process until smooth.
  8. Grease a soufflé or other suitable oven dish with butter or a non-stick spray.
  9. Pour the brccoli mixture into the dish.
  10. Add in the bacon and onion, plus the cheese (if using) and stir in evenly and lightly with a fork.
  11. If you like, sprinkle dried breacrumbs over the top.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, until slightly risen, brownish on top, and set. Please note that you will not have a real high-risen soufflé!
  13. Serve as a veg. dish with your meat, carb. and a salad.
  14. (NOTE: The leftovers, even cold from the fridge, make a very nice breakfast -- for me -- as the taste improves overnight! LOL!).
Most Helpful

Zuri this is a really wonderful recipe!! I followed the instructions (adding a diced onion to the bacon) and then put the mixture into four individual souffle dishes. I reduced the cooking time to 30 minutes.They looked and tasted great!! I really liked them unmoulded on the plate...a stunning looking vegetable side dish that is easy to make. A definite make again recipe!!!

Fairy Nuff August 20, 2006