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Broccoli-Cheese Puff Recipe

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This recipe for Broccoli-Cheese Puff, by , is from The Duke Family Cookbook , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Amy Clark
Added: Friday, March 28, 2008


5 tbsp butter or margarine
6 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 c whole milk
8 oz sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 boxes (10 oz each) frozen chopped brocooli, thawed and squeezed dry
7 eggs, separated
1 1/2 c coarse soft fresh bread crumbs

In a 4-qt saucepan, melt 4 tbsp butter over medium-low heat. Stir in flour and salt until blended; cook 1 minute, stirring. Gradually stir in milk; cook until mixture boils and thickens, stirring frequently. Stir in Cheddar; cook just until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in broccoli.
In a small bowl, with fork, lightly beat egg yolks. Stir in about 1/2 c cheese sauce. Gradually pour egg-yolk mixture into cheese sauce, stirring rapidly to prevent curdling. Cool slightly.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325. Grease shallow 3 1/2 qt ceramic casserole or 13" by 9" glass baking dish. In microwave-safe small bowl, heat remaining 1 tbsp butter in microwave oven on High 15-20 seconds or until melted, swirling bowl once. Add bread crumbs; stir until well combined.
In large bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form when beaters are lifted. With rubber spatula, gently fold one third of whites into cheese mixture. Fold cheese mixture gently back into remaining whites. Pour mixture into prepared casserole. Sprinkle crumb mixture on top. Bake 40 minutes or until top is browned and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve immediately.




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