Vegetable Au Gratin

I know, what you guys are thinking… another vegetable dish!? Yea, I love my veggies… I was a good kid. For me, anything tastes better when combined with sauteed veggies(Desserts are excluded of course!;))

Chili flakes on Cheesy gratin!

Chili flakes on Cheesy gratin!

Exotic vegetables in a light creamy milky sauce, mildly flavored with herbs, topped with cheese and bread crumbs, baked to golden brown perfection — enjoyed with garlic bread and something cold to sip on!

creamy veggies baked to golden brown.

creamy veggies baked to golden brown.

yummm!

yummm!

So here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup assorted exotic veggies, diced and parboiled — I used carrot, broccoli, beans, corn, baby corn and peas.
  • 1 small onion, cubed
  • 1/4 cup assorted colored bell peppers, cubed
  • 1 tbsp whole wheat flour or refined flour
  • 2-3 cups of milk
  • 1 tbsp thick cream
  • 1 spoon olive oil
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning or mixed herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 4 tbsp grated cheese
  • 2-3 tbsp bread crumbs

Method

In a large pan, heat olive oil. Lightly saute the onions and bell peppers. Once 3/4th done, add the flour(whole wheat or refined). Allow the flour to coat the veggies, after a minute, pour the milk, stirring all the time, to make a white creamy sauce. Stir in the cream. When the sauce is slightly thicker, add the parboiled veggies and season with herbs, salt and pepper powder.

Now transfer the contents to a baking dish, spread cheese and bread crumbs over the saucy mix. Bake at 150 degree centigrade till the cheese melts and turns a golden brown hue.

Once done, digg in along with toasted bread….. haha, like it needs to be specified..;)

PS: garlic lovers can throw in a pod or two before the onions while sautéing. Garlic lends this beautiful aroma, which reminds every foodie…that its ultimate italian that you’re indulging in!

Some Garlic Bread to go along with....

Some Garlic Bread to go along with….

I love my cheese!

I love my cheese!

Make, Bake and Let me know — one last loving look :

 oooh... yum!!

oooh… yum!!

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