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Prawn and Broccoli Gratin

ingredients

serves four
1 lb (450 g) broccoli florets
6 oz (175 g) cooked peeled prawns
1 1/4 cup (1/2 pint) 300 ml (full-fat or semi-skimmed milk
1/3 cup (40 g) cornflour
2 tbsp (1 oz) 25 g butter
4 oz (110 g) grated cheese - Gruyere is best, but Cheddar or Lancashire are fine
salt and pepper
Pinch grated nutmeg - optional

method

1. Trim the broccoli and blanche it by dipping in boiling water one minute, take it out and drain. This turns it bright green but does not cook it through so, when it bakes, it stays a little crisp inside.

2. Place the broccoli in a gratin dish - an ovenproof flat dish with sides about an inch (2.5 cm) high. Sprinkle the prawns over the broccoli.

For the sauce

1. put the milk, cornflour, butter, seasoning and the nutmeg all into the saucepan at once, whisk it, put it on the heat, whisk it again 2 or 3 times, not continuously, as it heats through.

2. As it comes to the boil, give it a really thorough whisk and you will produce a wonderfully glossy white sauce without any effort - or lumps! Add the cheese and stir it in.

3. Pour the sauce over the broccoli and prawns and bake in a medium oven, gas mark 4 / 350°F / 180°C /160°C for about 25 minutes.

4. Do not cook it longer because the prawns will turn rubbery, or less because the broccoli will not be cooked.

Serve with granary bread

What did you think?

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Query
posted by Heather Moir @ 01:21PM, 1/08/10
I can't find an oven dish, would it be ok to make it all in a pan and then put it under the grill to melt the cheese?

Many Thanks,
Heather
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