3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
heaping 1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 1/4 c milk, warmed
3/4-1 c shredded sharp cheddar
1 (16 oz) package California Style mixed vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots), thawed, cut apart pieces if large (optional)
Grated Parmesan cheese for topping
paprika for topping
Preheat oven to 350.
Melt butter. Add flour, salt, and mustard. Cook over low heat, stirring, until bubbly. Slowly whisk in milk and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook until smooth and thickened. Turn off the heat and add the cheddar cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Fold in the thawed vegetables. Pour into a buttered 8" x 8" casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with grated Parmesan then paprika. Bake for about 30 minutes. If you'd like, place under the broiler to brown the top.
This is my story of life in Louisiana, told through Cajun & Creole food. It's my story of rediscovering Louisiana after living out of state for 12 years. I hadn't realized the uniqueness of my culture…the people, the food, the music, until I was no longer surrounded by it. Hope you find it unique too.