I had to share it with all here ,even though I did not get to try it , I can take Manasi's final verdict on this, as she is - The food critique in the Bhagia house hold :) She could not stop raving about the buttery garlicky aroma while the casserole was cooking in the oven. The bread crumbs roasted with garlic and parsley were enough to arouse an intoxicating greed and the white sauce rich with butter ,cheddar,egg yolk and black pepper, was ummm being savored by spoonfuls while it was still cooking in the pan. I had to finally shoo her away from the kitchen so that I had enough to pour on the casserole. It is sad as I could not serve this on a plate and show you the layers of colors and the rich texture of the sauce as I had to send the casserole.But you have my my word on this one-As Manasi puts it , " Simply -The best caserole".!!!
Cooking time: 20
Broccoli: Roughly1 pound florets
Chicken breast: roughly 1 pound, cut into thin strips and boiled till it becomes white.
Cooked elbow pasta: 2 cups
sliced mushrooms boiled in the microwave for 3 minutes: 2 cups
Garlic: 4 cloves crushed
Crushed peppercorn or paprika: To your taste
Bread crumbs: 1 cup
Italian style bread crumbs: 1 cup
Parsley: 2 tbsp
Olive Oil: 1 tbsp
Unsalted Butter: 1 tbsp
For the sauce:
Butter Unsalted : 3 tbsp
all purpose flour: 3 tbsp
Sharp Cheddar cheese: 1 cup
Milk: 1 1/2 cup
Salt: To your taste
Egg yolk: 1
Method for the sauce:
Take a pan and add 3 tbsp butter and add the 3 tbsp flour to it and cook for 4-5 minutes. Now add the milk gradually stirring constantly to avoid lumps. The consistency has to be thick and make sure there are no lumps .the sauce should be smooth and thick like the pancake batter. Now take some liquid from this and mix the egg yolk to this and beat well.Then add this to the rest of the sauce. Now add the cheddar cheese and continue to cook on low flame till it has acquired the desired consistency of a thick pancake batter. Turn off the flame and let this sit while you prepare the casserole.
|The sauce should be thick and easy pouring consistency|
Notes: you can add paprika or crushed peppercorn on the sauce before adding the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. It gives a nice kick to the casserole :)
After boiling the chicken ,you can save the stock for later use.