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Broccoli Cauliflower Bake Recipe

Photo source: Grandmother's Kitchen

This broccoli cauliflower bake can be made as a vegetarian dish or you can add some tasty chicken balls to the recipe.

Ingredients

7 cups fresh cauliflower
6 cups fresh broccoli

Sauce

3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 3/4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese, divided

Simple Chicken Balls (Optional)

1 pound ground chicken meat
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Clean and cut veggies.

Place in a dutch oven with about 1 inch of water and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the veggies are tender but still crisp.

Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick spray and spread the veggies into the pan evenly. Set aside.

Sauce

Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan.

Gradually stir in the flour, followed by the mustard, salt, nutmeg and cayenne pepper.

Gradually add the milk and then bring to a boil.

Cook for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened.

Reduce heat and blend in about half of the cheeses until melted. Remove from heat.

Simple Chicken Balls (Optional)

Shape ground chicken into 1 inch balls and season with salt and pepper.

Cook in a medium skillet with olive oil on medium heat until no pink is showing.

Broccoli Cauliflower Bake

Pour the sauce over the veggies in the baking dish. If you prepared the chicken balls, add them to the top.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until the cheese sauce is bubbly.

Sprinkle the rest of the cheeses on top and continue baking for another 5 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.

(Serves 6)

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