To say our broccoli crop is bountiful in summer is putting it mildly - it grows "like crazy" when we have light 24 hours a day for a month or two! I make sure to freeze plenty for this recipe, which makes a unique side dish for dinner when company's coming. My family's happy when these are on the menu.
Total TimePrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
- 3 large sweet Spanish onions (3 to 4 inches)
- 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup milk
- 3 ounces cream cheese, cubed
- Chopped fresh parsley
- Additional Parmesan cheese
- Peel and halve onions horizontally. Parboil in salted water for 10-12 minutes; drain. Leaving 3/4-in. edges, remove centers. Place onion shells in a greased 1-1/2-qt. shallow baking dish. Chop centers of onions to equals 1 cup. Combine chopped onion, broccoli, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise and lemon juice; spoon into onion shells. In a saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour and salt. Gradually add milk; cook until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and blend in cream cheese. Spoon sauce over onions. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and additional Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 270 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 397mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.
Originally published as Broccoli-Stuffed Onions in Country Extra May 1993