Creamed Broccoli With Bread Crumbs

Thank you to the person who threw away The Joy of Cooking (1943) cookbook at the Colorado Springs flea market two weeks ago. I will thoroughly enjoy it! Here is the first recipe I tried.

2 lbs. broccoli
2 T. butter
2 T. flour
1 C. milk
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. paprika
1/4 t. grated onion or onion juice
bread crumbs or crushed cornflakes
grated cheese

Soak broccoli in cold water for 12 minutes. Drain it well. Remove the large leaves and the tough part of the stalks. Cut deep gashes in the bottom of the stalks. Place the broccoli in boiling salted water that nearly covers it. Cook it covered until it is barely tender(I boiled it about 10 minutes). Drain it and chop it until it is very fine.

Melt butter and stir in flour. Slowly stir in milk. Season it with salt, paprika and onion. Add broccoli and mix well. Place in a baking dish and sprinkle it with bread crumbs and cheese. Bake at 425 degrees until cheese is melted.

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