This is a quick and easy comfort food recipe. I found it perfect to accompany a rainy day.  I wanted to create a souffle like dish but decided that this version is much simpler and lighter on the dairy. In addition, the recipe requires only one cooking medium and I believe most people will appreciate the simplicity of this recipe.

Looking back I never combined rosemary and broccoli and they turned out to be a really complementary match. Broccoli are sometimes difficult to combine with spices, but rosemary is surely game and I will definitely combine them again.

The use of flax seed here was to avoid using eggs. I like to use eggs in many dishes but I believe it is good to change sometimes. I am also often asked for egg alternative, so here is the trick. Use ratio 1:3 i.e. 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds to 3 tablespoons water. That is usually an egg replacement.  You have to mix these and allow them to set before incorporating them with the rest of the ingredients. They will form a sticky mixture which can be used as a vegan replacement in sweet and savory dishes.

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The recipe below makes out 4 ramekins which is good for 2 people. Accompany these with salad for a complete dish. 

Egg Free Broccoli Bake
Yields 4
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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
20 min

Total Time
30 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
20 min

Total Time
30 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 small head broccoli (around 285g) washed and drained
  2. 2 cloves garlic
  3. 125g white cheese (I used 1 local cheeselet/gbejna)
  4. 65g ground almonds (or other flour alternative of your choice)
  5. 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  6. ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
  7. Dash of sea salt
  8. 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  9. 6 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 220 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix the ground flax seeds with water using a teaspoon and set aside in a glass. This will form a gooey mixture which will be used as a binding agent instead of the eggs.
  3. Grind garlic in food processor until finely chopped. (S blade is good).
  4. Add the broccoli in food processor and pulse for few seconds to finely chop them. Place mixture aside in a bowl.
  5. In same food processor bowl pulse the cheese for a few seconds until chopped into small pieces. Add to broccoli mix.
  6. Add the rosemary, chilli flakes, salt and almonds to the broccoli bowl and mix well with a spoon.
  7. Add the flax seed mixture to the broccoli and mix well.
  8. Distribute the mixture evenly in 4 ramekins.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Best served warm in the same ramekin.
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