I’ve always had a thing for casseroles such as this one.
Not only are they super comforting, they also are a great go to dish when you don’t quite know what to eat, or don’t have much of anything left in the fridge…
Pretty often, when I find I’m not really inspired to cook, this is what I’ll end up making.
So much so, I remember my kids being entirely fed up with it at one point…
I also remember, when I was a kid, my dad used to make this wicked “sauce aux oeufs” which was basically nothing more than sliced hard boiled eggs drenched in a generous amount of creamy Bechamel sauce. He would always serve this with French Fries, and sometimes, he would go all out and make said fries from scratch at home!
Did I ever tell you that my dad used to make the best French Fries in the whole wide world?
Well, he did! They were just to die for. And I never knew what his secret was.. .
Needless to say that this simple dish was always a success with me. It pretty much felt like cause for celebration whenever he’d announce that this was on the menu for the day.
Of course, as I grew older and eventually went out to live on my own, I kept making this dish… only I transformed it.
For starters, I’d often add vegetables to it, mainly spinach.
I liked the added touch of color!
Oh, and flavor, of course.
Call me weird, but I always LOVED spinach, even when I was but a little kid. My brother used to absolutely despise them, much to my satisfaction, as I would always end up getting his serving!
Eventually, I started making tons of variations on the subject, with eggs, without eggs, with spinach, or cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, mushrooms, courgettes, nuts, chicken…
You can basically add anything that tickles your fancy.
The principle always remains the same:
Bechamel type sauce + vegetable + protein + crumbs = awesome casserole.
Simple, efficient, comforting.
Gotta love that!