Thursday, August 21, 2014

VEGETABLE AU GRATIN / BAKED VEGETABLES



Vegetable Au Gratin is an Italian dish made with vegetables baked in Bechamel Sauce, commonly known as White Sauce. This is not a spicy dish and perfect for kids. You can make many variations of this dish by replacing the vegetables with Corn, mushrooms, chicken, pasta, spinach etc etc... The white sauce is made with butter, flour and milk and tempered with black pepper. Today I have tried making it with olive oil for the first time and the taste was very much the same. You may use butter instead. This dish is complete meal by itself.


Ingredients:
Potato .... 1 small
Green beans .. 1/4 cup
Carrots ......... 1/4 cup
capsicum ..... 1/4 cup
Broccoli ...... 1/4 cup
Corn ........... 1/4 cup
(All the vegetables to be cut into small pieces and boiled adding a little salt until half cooked)
Cheese .. 1/2 cup grated to spread on top before baking.
Olive oil / butter .. 1-2 tbsps
Italian spice / basil / oregano - 1 tsp

To make Bechamel Sauce / White Sauce
White flour .... 1 tbsp
Olive Oil / butter .. 1 tbsp
Milk ............... 1 & 1/2  TO 2 cups
Cheese ......... 1 tbsp (optional)
Black pepper .... 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg powder .. a pinch (optional)
Salt ............. to taste

1. Heat oil / butter and add the flour. Fry on medium flame for half a minute taking care not to make it brown.
2. Pour the milk and continue whisking to avoid the lumps. Cook until it becomes thick and add the rest of the tempering ingredients.
3. Grease the casserole dish and layer the vegetables and sauce.
4. Spread the grated cheese and drizzle some oil or melted butter. Some people add bread crumbs also, you may add if you like.
5. Sprinkle some Italian spice / basil / oregano
6. Bake in a pre-heated oven until the cheese gets a nice golden colour.
It takes about 20 minutes.
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Note: Time may vary a little depending on the size and type of the oven.


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