Session 10 – Broccoli-Cheese Delight

A belated Happy Father’s Day to you all! I neglected my parents in favor of celebrating my best friend from college’s wedding day in northern New Jersey. Before I left for the weekend, I was able to give a new recipe a whirl! “Broccoli-Cheese Delight” – seems to be in Grandmother Rubright’s handwriting, though there is no name to attest that fact; I’ll have to ask her! I had never seen anything like this recipe before, one that called for cheese and eggs with the vegetables. It was hard to envision the end result, but I was game to investigate!

As shown above, the secret ingredients in this dish were onion and garlic powder, powdered bouillon, and ricotta cheese. An interesting mix for sure. The original recipe called for frozen broccoli, but I used fresh broccoli instead, cutting the heads down to small florets. Then, you blend the secret ingredients with eggs and some cheddar cheese, combining with the broccoli in a baking dish, and bake for 30 minutes. I added an additional step by topping the dish with Nutritional Yeast – an alternative to parmesan cheese. It creates a nice crisp top. Ultimately, this is a very straightforward recipe, and doesn’t take long to put together at all!

The Results

This recipe was pretty good. The resulting dish was very similar to a quiche, only quite as eggy. The ricotta gives an interesting texture to the dish, it doesn’t smooth much through the blending process. I personally would like to try reworking this dish to get a creamier texture, perhaps adding some milk or cream, so it is going on the chopping block. I would also up the amount of cheddar to 1 cup.

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Fun fact, I got adventurous one morning and had a scoop of this broccoli dish for breakfast with a fried egg on top. That, was amazing. Recipes below!

The Recipes

Broccoli-Cheese Delight

Ingredients – serves 4-5

4 C broccoli spears
1 C part-skim ricotta
1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
4 eggs
2 tsp minced onions flakes (or onion powder)
1 tsp instant chicken flavored broth mix (bouillon mix)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 TBSP all-purpose flour
salt & pepper to taste
optional: parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast

Directions

Preheat over to 350ºF. Spray large square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cut raw broccoli into small florets. Place evenly in baking dish. Blend all remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour mixture evenly over the broccoli, top with parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast if desired, and bake for 30 minutes or until set and lightly browned.

PROTIP: Watch this in the oven carefully towards the end – you don’t want to over-bake, which dries out the dish.

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