Monday, December 28, 2009

Vegetarian Holiday Dish

I thought I'd share a dish our family has enjoyed over the years around the holidays, it's called Broccoli Onion Deluxe. The "Deluxe" part definitely comes from the creamy, cheesy sauce that is poured over the broccoli and onions, making this a dish that is healthy and decadent all at once. This can be a vegetarian dish for the holiday buffet, providing the vegetarian in your crowd eats dairy, although I suppose you could use vegan cheese as well!

Broccoli Onion Deluxe
~Serves 6
*Originally a Better Homes and Gardens recipe
1 pound broccoli
3 medium onions, quartered
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 3-oz. package cream cheese
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup soft bread crumbs

Cook the broccoli in water about halfway so they are soft but not fully cooked. Do the same with the onions. This can be done on the stovetop or in the microwave, whichever you prefer. Drain them both and set aside. In a saucepan, melt half of the butter. Blend in the flour, salt and a dash of pepper. Add milk. Cook, stirring constantly, till thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; blend in cream cheese until smooth. Place vegetables in a casserole dish. Pour sauce mixture over and mix lightly. Top with cheese. Melt the remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees until heated through, 40-45 minutes.

The photo above is how it is supposed to look when you are finished! We were too busy enjoying our company to notice that we slightly overcooked our version this year, but the result was still tasty and the cheese was nicely browned.

I hope you enjoyed these holiday recipes, from my family to yours. What do you usually eat over the holidays?

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