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Vegetable Casserole

Ingredients
  Mixed vegetables 2 Pound, prepared and diced (carrots, parsnips, potatoes, onions, celery, swede)
  Lean bacon rashers 3 , rinds removed and cut into strips
  Butter 2 Ounce
  Flour 2 Ounce
  Prepared mustard 1 Tablespoon
  Milk 1⁄2 Pint
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Cheddar cheese 3 Ounce, grated
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2) In a pot, cook the vegetables in boiling salted water for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender.
3) Pour off the cooking liquid, reserving 1 1/4 cup.

MAKING
4) In a non-stick pan, sauté the bacon until crispy, remove and set aside.
5) In another pan, melt the butter and add in flour and mustard for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
6) Take the pan away from heat and slowly pour in the milk and the reserved cooking liquid.
7) Bring back the pan to heat and allow to boil, stirring constantly.
8) Cook over low heat until thick, season to taste.

FINALIZING
9) Spoon half of the sauce in an ovenproof dish.
10) Place the vegetables and bacon and pour the remaining sauce.
11) Dredge the sauce with the cheese and bake oven for 45 minutes.
12) If you wish to freeze the dish, then do so at this stage. Allow the mixture to cool completely,
13) Wrap the dish with foil, label and freeze.

SERVING
14) Serve hot garnished with chopped parsley, if desired.
15) If using the frozen vegetable mixture, thaw at room temperature for 4 hours.
16) Reheat in a preheated moderate oven for 40 minutes or until heated through.
17) Serve as mentioned in step 13.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Baked
Occasion: 
Christmas
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
65 Minutes
Ready In: 
80 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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