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Broccoli and Cauliflower Delight

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Discover the joy of cooking with a recipe that marries the wholesomeness of vegetables with the zest of Spanish cuisine. This broccoli and cauliflower bake is not just a dish; it’s a celebration of flavors, textures, and colors that come together in perfect harmony. Inspired by a friend from Spain, this recipe transforms everyday vegetables into a delectable feast, proving that healthy eating doesn’t have to be dull. The creamy batter, enriched with herbs and olive oil, blankets the tender florets, while the golden cheese topping adds a delightful crunch. It’s a testament to how simple ingredients, when combined thoughtfully, can create a dish that’s both comforting and exotic.

Serving this bake is like bringing a piece of Spain to your dining table. The aroma of garlic, the warmth of the oven-baked vegetables, and the tangy sauce on the side invite you to dive into a culinary experience that’s rich in nutrients and bursting with flavor. It’s a dish that appeals to all senses, making it a perfect centerpiece for a family dinner or a special occasion. Let this Spanish-inspired bake be your gateway to exploring more vegetable-centric dishes that are as nourishing for the body as they are delightful for the palate.

Full Recipe:

Ingredients: For the Vegetables:

  • 900g (2 lb) broccoli
  • 450g (1 lb) cauliflower
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 100g (3.5 oz) cheese, grated

For the Batter:

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  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • Dill, chopped
  • Parsley, chopped

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Dill, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Prep the Vegetables: Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into florets. Dice the onion, carrot, and bell pepper. Mince the garlic.
  2. Cook the Vegetables: In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli and cauliflower and cook for about 5 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
  3. Sauté: In a skillet, heat a little olive oil and sauté the onion, carrot, bell pepper, and garlic until soft.
  4. Combine: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked vegetables with the sautéed onion mixture. Add 4 tablespoons of milk and mix gently. Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish.
  5. Make the Batter: In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, olive oil, milk, and flour until smooth. Stir in chopped dill and parsley. Pour the batter over the vegetables in the baking dish.
  6. Bake: Sprinkle grated cheese on top of the batter. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) for about 40 minutes or until the top is golden and the batter is set.
  7. Prepare the Sauce: Mix together yogurt or sour cream, mayonnaise, minced garlic, and chopped dill to make the sauce.
  8. Serve: Serve the broccoli and cauliflower bake with the sauce on the side.

Enjoy this delicious and nutritious meal that brings a taste of Spain into your home!

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