Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cheese & Broccoli & Cheese & Bacon! Bake





So here is the tale of my weekend.

So this random flooring guy comes over to our house, you know so we can look at new flooring for our pad. As he brought in sample upon sample of tiles and wood a funny thing happened, I got the fever. What fever you may ask, well let me tell you.







Here are variations of “the fever” :

“OMG I want to replace everything in my house right now fever.”

“I don’t care how much debt I go into I must have this to make me happy with my life fever”

“All I have to do is work 9,242 hours of overtime to make this work fever, totally possible”







Ever had a fever like that? My guess is yes…if not please just let me think I’m not the only one because my feelings would totally get hurt and that is NOT cool.

So what happened after I realized I had the fever? Yep you guessed it, I sent the guy packing. I sent him packing so he could coordinate the installation of all my new flooring.

Now for something that if you dropped on your floor you would still eat the whole thing!







INGREDIENTS
Delightfully borrowed from Simply Recipes
{Printable Recipe}

• 2 pounds broccoli, stems removed,large florets cut, yielding about 8 cups of broccoli florets
• Salt for blanching water
• 3 strips of thick-cut bacon , diced
• 1/3 cup all purpose flour
• 5 eggs, beaten
• 1/2 cup cream
• 1 cup whole milk
• black pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated






DIRECTIONS


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and boil for 3-5 minutes or until just tender enough so that a fork can easily pierce the floret, but still firm. Strain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.







Cook the bacon pieces on medium heat in a frying pan until lightly browned, but not crisp. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess fat. Set aside.







Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish. In a bowl, whisk the eggs into the flour, then whisk in the cream and milk.







Add the black pepper (more or less to taste), salt, and mustard. Mix in about a third of the cheese.







Place the parboiled broccoli florets in the casserole dish, sprinkling about a third of the cheese over the broccoli florets as you lay them down. Sprinkle the bacon pieces over the broccoli. Pour the egg, cream, milk, cheese mixture over the broccoli, moving the broccoli pieces a bit so that the mixture gets into all the nooks and crannies. Sprinkle the casserole with the remaining cheese.

Bake for 25-40 minutes, or until set.

This is just so decadent and wonderful, I highly recommend this dish. My family devoured it!



26 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delicious looking casserole! So comforting.

I wish I could change everything in my apartment...

cheers,

Rosa

Allison said...

I definitely understand the fever. Yay for your new floors!

This dish looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Allison at Novice Life said...

Yum!!!!!!! Yep - that quote fits the fever quite right!!

Angie {Successful2gether} said...

I know that fever all to well, but this bake kind of made me forget for a minute! :)

Yummy Mummy said...

Oh these are my favorite ingredients. I want this right now! Any yes, I get that fever all too often. It hits shopping in stores, shopping online, and especially when it comes to home improvements. YAY for your new floor!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

As we get ready for our move, we will be doing a lot of clean out the fridge/freezer/pantry dishes. I think a mac and cheese bake will definitely help me clear out some items!

Marisa Midori said...

Oh man! I would eat this even if it fell on the floor and more than 10 seconds went by.

rebecca said...

love the new blog look! funny how that happens. annoying perfectionism at it's best.

Megan said...

This sounds absolutely delicious. And I hope you'll share pics of your new floor! I definitely get that fever too.

aipi said...

What a cheey gooey looking dish ~ sounds so comforting!
Your new header is really really artistic n very chic!
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Val said...

I'M THINKING THAT I SERIOUSLY COULD EAT THIS ENTIRE DISH!

Tamara said...

Oh, this is pure heaven!

Clements Family said...

You had me at cheese...

Clements Family said...

You had me at cheese....

The Slow Roasted Italian said...

I like the double cheese!!! YUM

Taste and Tell said...

Yay for new flooring, and yay for this delicious dish!

Kim said...

My husband and I got that kind of fever a couple years ago and ended up buying a brand new house. That kind of fever is dangerous....lol.

Love this cheesy, bacony, delicious casserole. I've never combined bacon with cheese and broccoli and I feel compelled to do it NOW!

Tracy said...

Haha yes, I definitely get the fever from time to time. Love this bake; it looks amazing!!

Zandra said...

Cheese and broccoli is such an irresistible combination! Yum...I love this and I know my kids would love it too. :)

Marina said...

It's always yummi and healthy here :)

Julia said...

Sing it with me: "I got the fever for the flavor of a crowd pleaser." (Gettin Jiggy Wit It) Im a HUGE nerd… Yep, Ive had that fever.

Rick said...

Sounds like a fun dude. Get it? Fun dude-fondue hehe I'll stop.

The Harried Cook said...

Sounds like a fun (and expensive) fever to have, but congrats on the new floor! This bake looks incredible!! I bet my little girl would go crazy for this... all her favorite ingredients, and mine too! Thanks for sharing...

J-Lee said...

You post cracks me up! We are about to embark on redoing our counters and I have a feeling that a similiar fever may become me as well. Can't wait to try the recipe, I'm sure it will be a hit with my broccoli loving munchkin. I plan on sharing your post in my five to try post this upcoming Friday.

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Yes yes a thousand times yes! Ooey gooey deliciousness!

scrambledhenfruit said...

I have sooo many things to do around my house, and I'm just now starting to get that "fever!" We love broccoli here, and that recipe looks really good! :)