Friday, February 13, 2009

Cheesy Broccoli with Curry

This is another one I could never make in our home city (no broccoli or cheese soup), but I made it tonight here in the Great North.

2 heads broccoli
1 can of cheese soup (e.g. Campbell's)
2/3 can of milk
1/2 t curry powder
dash paprika
1/4 to 1/2 cup grated cheese (optional)
wheat germ

Preheat oven 375 Fahrenheit. Cut the broccoli into florets (or use all of it if you like), put in a pan with a little water, bring to the boil, and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, grease an 8x8 glass baking dish.
When the broccoli is slightly tender, drain. Place the broccoli evenly in the bottom of the baking dish. Into the same pan you used for the broccoli, empty the canned cheese soup and the 2/3 can of milk. Or, if there is no canned cheese soup available, make a thickish white sauce with about 1 2/3 cups milk. Add the curry powder and paprika; mix thoroughly over low heat.
Pour the curry mixture over the broccoli in the baking dish. Optionally, sprinkle the cheese over the top. Then sprinkle with generous amounts of wheat germ.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until bubbly on the edges. The curry will not be a strong flavor, but will give it a certain je-ne-sais-quoi - except that you, the cook, sais.

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