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Creamy Broccoli Bake

Creamy Broccoli Bake

Southern Living MARCH 2009

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
  • Cook time:8 Minutes
  • Prep time:15 Minutes
  • Bake:30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 (12-oz.) packages fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (4-oz.) package crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup finely crushed saltine crackers (about 10 crackers)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coarsely chop broccoli. Cook broccoli and 1 Tbsp. salt in a Dutch oven in boiling water to cover 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.

2. Melt butter in a medium-size heavy saucepan over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in cheeses and 1/4 tsp. salt until melted. Stir in broccoli.

3. Place in a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish; sprinkle with crackers.

4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Creamy Broccoli Bake With Chicken: Prepare recipe as directed through Step 2. Stir in 1 lb. chopped cooked chicken breast. Proceed with recipe as directed.

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