Broccoli-Cheese Puff

Recipe by mersaydees
READY IN: 2hrs
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In small saucepan, cook broccoli until tender according to package directions, separating broccoli as directed. Drain and set aside.
  • Thoroughly grease the inside of 9x13x2-inch ovenproof baking pan using the butter or margarine.
  • Using a large serrated knife, trim off and reserve crusts from bread slices. Using a 2.75-inch-diameter doughnut cutter, cut doughnut-shaped rounds from 8 slices of the bread. Cut bread trimmings and remaining 2 slices of bread into 1/4-inch cubes.
  • Coarsely shred Cheddar cheese. Place cheese, bread cubes, and drained chopped broccoli into a large mixing bowl. Toss well and spoon into the prepared baking pan.
  • Arrange doughnut-shaped bread rings on top of broccoli mixture, overlapping them if necessary. Beat eggs in same mixing bowl with a wire whisk or a rotary or portable electric mixer. Add milk, dried basil leaves, salt, and papper. Beat until smooth.
  • Pour seasoned egg-milk mixture over broccoli and bread in pan. Let stand 30 minutes. (This much can be done up to 1 day in advance. Cover broccoli mixture with aluminum foil, removing from 'fridge about 1 1/4 hours before you plan to serve dinner.).
  • Heat oven to 350°.
  • Place uncovered pan on center rack in oven. Bake 60 to 65 minutes or until mixture is puffed and lightly browned, or when a knife inserted in center of puff comes out clean.
  • Serve immediately.
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