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.
- 1 lb broccoli, weighed after the hard stalks have been removed (500 ml)
- 1⁄4 lb bacon, chopped (125 g)
- 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, matured, grated (optional)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt, preferably a seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- dried breadcrumbs (optional)
- 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
- Cook or steam the broccoli until just fork-tender.
- 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.
- Fry until well coloured but not burning! Remove with a slotted spoon so the fat stays behind, and keep in a small bowl.
- 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.
- 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).
- Process until smooth.
- Grease a soufflé or other suitable oven dish with butter or a non-stick spray.
- Pour the brccoli mixture into the dish.
- Add in the bacon and onion, plus the cheese (if using) and stir in evenly and lightly with a fork.
- If you like, sprinkle dried breacrumbs over the top.
- 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!
- Serve as a veg. dish with your meat, carb. and a salad.
- (NOTE: The leftovers, even cold from the fridge, make a very nice breakfast -- for me -- as the taste improves overnight! LOL!).
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!!!