Thursday, June 28, 2012

Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

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Hi everyone!
Today I'm bringing you another vegetarian Dish! This one is my Favorite vegetarian dish of all times! It is super easy to make and the flavors are just amazing! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Serves 3 (as a main dish, and 6+ as a side dish)
Ingredients:
  • 1 head of cauliflower (2 or 2½ lbs)
  • 2 lbs. Broccoli
  • 2/3 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups Italian bread crumbs

(I will be using my fresh Italian Breadcrumbs, recipe follows:)
  • 3-4 slices of whole wheat bread (sandwich bread)(use white bread if desired)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Italian seasoning

Preheat the oven to 450ºF

Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into bite size pieces. Cook them in boiling, salted water for 5-8 minutes or until Al Dente.  Drain and set aside.

To make the bread crumbs:
In a mixer or food processor, blend the bread, parsley, garlic and Italian seasoning. Blend on high, until you get a coarse crumbs texture.

In a small pan, or skillet, melt the butter,  and brown the the bread crumbs, cook them for about 2-3 minutes or until they get a nice brown color. (This will also cook the garlic, and the heat will allow the bread crumbs to absorb all the awesome flavor  and oil from the garlic!) Set them aside for a minute.

In another skillet, heat up about ½ tablespoon of olive oil and cook the onion for about 3 minutes or until it becomes transparent.  Add in the cooked broccoli and cauliflower, toss together and season with half the bread crumbs, and ½ cup of Parmesan cheese, give it a stir, taste the flavor and add any salt or black pepper if needed. (do not add too much salt, remember we will still top it with the rest of the cheese)

Give it one last toss and add the rest of the breadcrumbs over the vegetables and cover with the rest of Parmesan cheese and bake  at 450ºF for 5-6 minutes or until the cheese has melted and has a nice golden brown color!

And that's it. Enjoy!

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