This is my favourite recipe for making Vegetables Au Gratin using a microwave oven. It works every time :-)
1 1/2 cups boiled vegetables (carrots, beans, peas, sweet corn, and cauliflower florets; alternatively you can use sweet corn alone - it tastes fantastic)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp maida
1 to 1 1/2 cups milk (depending on how gooey you like your white sauce)
1 small onion (peeled)
Freshly ground black pepper - according to taste
Salt - according to taste
And loads and loadsa Mozzarella cheese!
1. In a microwave bowl, heat the butter for 40 seconds.
2. Add the maida, mix well, and microwave on high for a minute.
3. Add the milk, onion and cloves, mix well and microwave for 4 minutes or till it thickens into white sauce consistency. Remember to stir once or twice in between; otherwise the sauce will become lumpy.
4. Remove the onion and the cloves.
5. Add the boiled vegetables, salt and pepper to the white sauce and microwave for a minute.
6. Top with lots of grated Mozzarella cheese and microwave for 8 minutes or till a brown crust forms.
Serve piping hot with crisply toasted garlic, onion or herb bread.
My friend gently chided me this morning for getting the name of this recipe wrong. Au Gratin means "covered with bread crumbs and sometimes butter and grated cheese, and then browned in an oven: potatoes au gratin." (Reference: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=au%20gratin)
Well, I guess it's all a matter of preferences. If you like the texture of bread crumbs, add a good measure of it along with the cheese before baking. However, I feel bread crumbs steal the attention from cheese. So, I prefer to make vegetables au gratin sans bread crumbs. I guess serving it with crisp toasted bread makes up in part for the omission.