This is a perfect pot luck or buffet dish. I simply chopped a couple of heels of homemade bread in my little food processor for the fresh bread crumbs. I didn’t bother with the cheese on top – it didn’t need it. If you want a little cheese taste, add some to the sauce before assembling.
Broccoli Ham Hot Dish
20 Ounces Frozen Broccoli
2 Cup Cooked Rice or Brown Rice
6 Tablespoons Butter -- cubed
2/3 Cup Fresh Bread Crumbs -- about 2 1/2 slices
1 Medium Onion -- chopped
3 Tablespoons Flour, All-purpose
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
3 Cups Whole or Skim Milk
1 1/2 Pounds Ham – cubed (I used 1 pound)
Cheddar Cheese -- or Swiss, shredded (optional)
Cook broccoli, drain. Spoon rice in a 13 x 9" baking pan. Place broccoli over rice.
Melt butter in a large skillet. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of melted butter over the bread crumbs and set aside. In the remaining butter, sauté onion until soft. Add the flour, salt and pepper, stirring constantly until blended, stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes until thickened. Add ham.
Pour over rice and broccoli. Sprinkle with crumbs. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese; let stand 5 minutes before serving.
2013 Cost: $5.62 or 71¢ per serving if using 1 ½ pounds good ham
I use 2/3 cup rice and 1 1/3 cup water to make 2 cups of rice.
"Taste of Home Casseroles and One Dish Meals"
Per Serving: 388 Calories; 21g Fat (48.8% calories from fat); 22g Protein; 28g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 84mg Cholesterol; 1559mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Non-Fat Milk; 3 Fat.