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    Sunday, June 10, 2007

    Asparagus Tomato Casserole

    With Winter finally here…one’s thoughts drift into warming comfort food.

    I am really getting interested in some of my very old cookbooks including ones put together by various Women’s Institutions to raise money for charity.

    My original “bible” was called The Triple Tested Cookbook putout by the Lower Hutt Plunket Society. The object of this exercise was that each recipe be tested by 3 different people.
    If they can do it you can. And almost everyone was a winner.
    While in Omaha I stopped at a local grower and was very excited about picking up
    some fresh produce. It is the end of the tomato season but they did have some heritage tomatoes and chilies.

    They looked fantastic but really when it came to eating-a big disappointment-
    Had to be cooked.
    So I thought of a favourite little dish I used to make for “Ladies Lunches” 30 years ago.
    Quaintly called “Asparagus Tomato Casserole”
    It’s buttery tomato flavour is really excellent
    Of course I had to interfere and make some additions.
    Bringing this into the 21st century. This is so easy

    So for 2 people

    3 eggs hardboiled and quartered
    50 gms feta cheese
    3 tablespoons butter
    2 medium tomatoes chopped
    1 x green chili finely chopped
    Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons flour
    ½ cup milk
    1 cup fresh Breadcrumbs
    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 bunch cooked asparagus (or 1x 400 gm tinned asparagus) chopped into 5 cm pieces

    Melt butter in a heavy pan
    Add chopped tomatoes and chili
    Season with S & P
    Add flour and cook slowly
    Add milk gradually and cook stirring constantly until thickened

    In a gratin dish lay out asparagus
    Sprinkle over feta cheese
    Place eggs on top

    Cover with tomato mixture
    In a pan toss breadcrumbs with olive oil
    And scatter on top

    Bake in 175C oven until thoroughly heated and bubbly.

    We always go back for seconds.


    Asha said...

    Looks delicious.I have Chicken and Broccoli casserole!!:))

    So Simple said...

    Asha Nothing like those old recipes. We must make more of them

    Deborah said...

    That looks incredible... I never would have thought to put boiled eggs in there! YUM!

    So Simple said...

    Aren't eggs just great?
    I just adore them

    Anali said...

    Oh this looks yummy! The casseroles are one of the nice things about cold weather!

    So Simple said...

    Its actually quite light excellent anytime...good for vegeos too.