Mixed Veg Bake - Don't be discouraged by the simple title. This recipe is great to prepare ahead of time, cooks alone with little input, is fabulous hot either alone, as a main or as a side dish, and is equally good the next day in a wrap for work or school. The colours in this recipe really make it!
Mixed Vegetable Cheese Bake
½ cup Carrots
½ cup French Beans
½ cup fresh Peas (or frozen peas)
½ cup Cauliflower
For the White Sauce :
2 tbsps. Refined Flour (Maida)
2 cups Milk
1 tbsp. Butter
A pinch of Nutmeg pwd. (Jaiphal)
A pinch of Cardamom pwd. (Green Cardamom)
1/3 tsp. Sugar
½ tsp. dried Oregano
¼ tsp. Pepper pwd.
3 tbsps. grated Processed Cheddar Cheese
Salt to taste
For the Garnishing:
4 tbsps. dry Bread Crumbs
½ Capsicum (sliced)
½ Onion (sliced & flaked)
¼ cup grated Processed Cheddar Cheese (or 2 slices cheese)
A tsp. each of Butter/Olive Oil
Wash & peel the carrots & quarter them vertically in uniform pieces.
Wash & thread the french beans. Wash & separate cauliflower into florets.
Blanch the vegetables in order of time taken for cooking with sugar i.e. carrots, french beans, cauliflower, peas.
Drain the vegetables & reserve ¼ cup of the liquid.
Refresh the blanched vegetables in cold water & drain.
Chop the carrots & french beans finely & the cauliflower in tiny florets. Keep aside.
Preparation of the White Sauce :
Melt butter in a pan on low heat.
Add the flour & mix with the butter.
Stir carefully till the rawness of the flour disappears but do not allow the flour to change colour.
Take the pan off the heat & keep stirring while gradually adding the milk to it.
Make sure it is smooth & not lumpy.
Again place the pan on the stove & cook on low heat till the sauce thickens.
Take it off the heat & stir after adding pepper, 3 tbsps. grated cheese, dried oregano, nutmeg & cardamom pwd., salt to taste & the reserved veg stock making sure that the sauce is not too thin
The sauce should be of pouring consistency. Keep aside.
Assembling the Bake :
Coat an oven proof glass dish with butter or a little olive oil.
Place all mixed vegetables evenly in the baking dish & pour the prepared sauce evenly on the vegetables. Sprinkle bread crumbs, ¼ cup cheese, sliced onions & capsicum.
Sprinkle some pepper pwd. & dot with butter or sprinkle olive oil.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C till it bubbles & the top turns a light golden brown about 20 mins..
Serve with toasted garlic bread or enjoy it plain with ketchup.