Sometimes you just want to see greens. I guess what I am trying to say is: “oh goodness, I am sick of this weather and I want winter to END!” I don’t know if this is just in my head but this winter is the longest one ever… OK, OK, I know it’s not, it just feels like it. I just want to see leaves, grass, sunshine, flip flops…aaaaaah! So in order to trick myself, I have been cooking a lot of green food. This may sound ridiculous to actually trick your own self. But if you know me…it is doable! Sad but true! Feel better about yourself? You should, I get that a lot!
I am not a big potato eater. Fact: as a child if we went to McDonald’s I refused to eat the french fries and I would order the fish sandwich. I am an odd duck…always have been! So although I had a few potatoes to “use up”, I needed to add some GREEN to them. Here comes: scalloped potatoes and broccoli.
3 cups broccoli florets
5 red potatoes thinly sliced (if you do this ahead of time keep your potatoes in water so they don’t brown)
1 small-medium onion diced
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheese (go crazy…use what you have in the fridge!)
Preheat your oven: 400F
Butter an 8X8 or 9X9 square dish (or what ever is clean and ready to go…)
In a large sauce pan melt your butter and add your onions. Cook for 4-5 minutes until soft. Add you flour and stir everything around cooking your roux (a cooked mixture of flour and fat used as a thickening agent in a soup or a sauce) for a few minutes more. Add your chicken broth and milk, using a whisk, break up all your “lumps”. Bring to a gently boil and let this thicken 3-5 minutes. Salt and pepper (about 1 teaspoon of each).
Time to assemble: place half of your potatoes at the bottom of your dish. Top with 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Next, add two ladles full of your white sauce. Top with your broccoli, 1/2 cup of cheese and a couple more ladles of sauce. Finally the rest of your potatoes, 1/2 cup of cheese and all your sauce…you may have to work gently so the sauce has time to “get down” ( like Cool and The gang…oh dear).
Here is a picture of part of the assembly (part of it):
Cover with foil and put in your preheated oven for 30-40 minutes. Remove foil, top with your last 1/2 cup of cheese and cook for 20 minutes more. Serve.
Right out of the oven:
And a serving:
So good and the kids loved it!
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Peace and fish sandwich,