Saturday, July 18, 2009

Nora's Broccoli & Cream Cheese Crumble

This is so quick and simple to make I didn't even get round to taking a photo :O(
Some Broccoli, Yesterday.

My best friend was recently involved in a serious motorcycle collision with a car after the driver decided to perform a U-turn in the road with no warning. The good news is my friend is now well on the way to making a fantastic recovery.

The reason for this little tale is that whilst staying with his family during the early days after the accident (helping out with hospital trip transport etc and general, friendly support) my friends mum - Nora - cooked a broccoli bake to have as a side dish with a BBQ one evening.

At the time I figured Broccoli Bake was Broccoli Bake (ie the scourge of early days vegetarian pub food) but the smells drifting from the kitchen soon peaked my interest...

After my first mouthful I was well and truly hooked! totally delicious so here it is:

Serves 6 as a side dish - 3 as a main - or 1 if it's me :O)
  • Two large broccoli heads - rinsed & broken into small florets
  • 300g Cream Cheese - Philadelphia if you're really posh but I just use my supermarkets own brand.
  • 300g Unsalted Butter
  • 400g TUC crackers (rectangular cheesy biscuits) - crumbled finely
  1. Steam the broccoli until tender.
  2. Pre-heat your oven to around 190C while you carry on with the rest.
  3. Melt the cream cheese and butter together in a pan (or microwave in a plastic bowl).
  4. Mix the broccoli with the cheese butter mixture and combine - allow the broccoli to break apart a bit.
  5. Add the mixture to an oven dish and sprinkle liberally with the cheese biscuit crumbs.
  6. Place in the oven on a low shelf for around 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  7. Eat.
  8. Make more...
  9. Eat again :O)
My friend continues to make progress and even though I had to return home after a month my thoughts are still with him and his family. Thanks again to Nora for this quick, easy & delicious broccoli bake.