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Broccoli-Cheese Puff

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“Here's a recipe I tend to lean on for make-me-feel-special comfort food. Based on a recipe from McCall's Cooking School, #6 under EGGS, CHEESE category. The introduction says, "A SAVORY VEGETABLE BREAD PUDDING. This is a truly magnificent vegetable side dish -- broccoli, cheddar cheese, and bread cubes baked in a basil-flavored egg custard and topped with rings of fresh bread. Prepare it up to 1 day in advance and then pop it into the oven to bake just before serving. The abundance of eggs and cheese makes this dish high in protein, and for a light lunch or dinner you need only add a big tossed salad." The only special tool that not every kitchen has is a 2.75-inch-diameter doughnut cutter required to give this dish its festive appearance; invest in one -- they're cheap! The resulting smiles will make you happy you did! You'll look like a genius! :) Neither prep nor cooking time includes 30 minutes standing time.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In small saucepan, cook broccoli until tender according to package directions, separating broccoli as directed. Drain and set aside.
  2. Thoroughly grease the inside of 9x13x2-inch ovenproof baking pan using the butter or margarine.
  3. Using a large serrated knife, trim off and reserve crusts from bread slices. Using a 2.75-inch-diameter doughnut cutter, cut doughnut-shaped rounds from 8 slices of the bread. Cut bread trimmings and remaining 2 slices of bread into 1/4-inch cubes.
  4. Coarsely shred Cheddar cheese. Place cheese, bread cubes, and drained chopped broccoli into a large mixing bowl. Toss well and spoon into the prepared baking pan.
  5. Arrange doughnut-shaped bread rings on top of broccoli mixture, overlapping them if necessary. Beat eggs in same mixing bowl with a wire whisk or a rotary or portable electric mixer. Add milk, dried basil leaves, salt, and papper. Beat until smooth.
  6. Pour seasoned egg-milk mixture over broccoli and bread in pan. Let stand 30 minutes. (This much can be done up to 1 day in advance. Cover broccoli mixture with aluminum foil, removing from 'fridge about 1 1/4 hours before you plan to serve dinner.).
  7. Heat oven to 350°.
  8. Place uncovered pan on center rack in oven. Bake 60 to 65 minutes or until mixture is puffed and lightly browned, or when a knife inserted in center of puff comes out clean.
  9. Serve immediately.

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