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Zippy Baked Carrots Side Dish

 Zippy Baked Carrots Side Dish
Considering how fast our five children and 16 grandkids finish off these cheesy carrots at Sunday suppers, the "Zippy" in the title is appropriate! I came from a clan of avid cookers. At age 85, my mom's worked her way through every one of our recipe books from cover to cover!
8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 cups sliced carrots (about 2 pounds), cut 1/4 inch thick, divided
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese, divided
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  • On stovetop or in a microwave oven, blanch the carrots in covered
  • dish until tender-crisp. Layer half of the carrots in shallow 2-qt.
  • baking pan; cover with half of the cheese. Repeat layers. To make
  • sauce, saute onion in butter for 2 minutes; blend in flour and
  • seasonings. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add milk all at once;
  • cook, stirring, until thickened. Pour sauce over carrot-cheese
  • layers. Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over all. Top with
  • bacon. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Yield: 8 servings.