Broccoli bake and whipped feta

I love the allotment but no matter how much we try to plant things with some time apart everything seems to be ready at the same time. At the moment we have a generous amount of broccoli and it has even started to sprout. It still tastes the same and I decided to make broccoli the main star in this dish. I love broccoli in a quiche, even better with cream, grated cheese and eggs mixed but it is time for me to be a little healthier, at least on weekdays so I used low fat creme cheese instead and I might prefer this version!

Broccoli bake

Preparation time 15 minutes 

Cooking time 25 minutes 

Oven 200C or 400F 

Serves 2 

Ingredients

  • 1 broccoli head 
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 dl grated courgette
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 fresh chilli
  • 1/2 dl or a 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp of dried bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • salt & pepper

Chop up the broccoli and steam it for 5 minutes. Meanwhile chop the onion, crush the garlic cloves, chop the chilli and the sundried tomatoes. Mix the chopped up vegetables, the grated courgette, the steamed broccoli with the sesame seeds, the cream cheese, the dried bread crumbs, eggs and spices. Place in oven proof dishes and bake for 20 minutes.

I sundried some tomatoes with wild strawberries and it is a great mix and I used them in this dish.

14Aug_SundriedTomatoes

I saw Ina Garten make whipped feta and I knew I wanted to try it. I used the feta cheese and the cream cheese but used light versions and then added only a small amount of olive oil and instead used skimmed milk to get the right consistency for the base. So here is my take on whipped feta and it was delicious.

Whipped feta 

Preparation time 10 minutes 

Cooking time 0 minutes 

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 200 gr or 7 ounce of feta cheese 
  • 150 gr or 5.3 ounce Philadelphia light
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp chilli flavoured vinegar
  • 1 chipotle chilli
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • about 1 dl skimmed milk

Chop the chipotle chilli. Place the cream cheese and the crumbled feta cheese in a blender together with all the ingredients and half of the milk. Blend and add more milk until everything blends and let it go for a few minutes. If you want a softer edge omit the vinegar.

When the broccoli bake was done I put some whipped feta on top and finished with black and white sesame seeds on top.

14Aug_BroccoliBake

I decided whilst on holiday to make at least one vegetarian dinner per week and this was an experimental, happy surprise!

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