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Broccoli And Ham In Cheese Sauce

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8 broccoli spears
25 g (1 oz) butter
25 g (1 oz)plain flour
450 ml ( pint) milk
1 teaspoon made English mustard
teaspoon cayenne pepper
125 g (4 oz) Cheddar cheese, grated
8 thin slices ham
Salt to taste


Serves: 4


Arrange the broccoli in a large shallow dish, with the heads in the centre and the stalks radiating out to the sides. Add 4 tablespoons boiling water, cover and cook on HIGH for 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Place the butter in a howl and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir in the flour and microwave for 30 seconds. Gradually stir in the milk, then cook on HIGH for 4 minutes, stirring twice during cooking.

Whisk the mustard and cayenne pepper into the sauce, add the cheese and season with salt.

Wrap each broccoli spear in a slice of ham, arrange in a dish, then pour over the cheese sauce. Cook on HIGH for 3 minutes. Brown under a hot grill if you wish.

Serve immediately, with crusty bread and tomato salad.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Power setting: HIGH
Cooking time: 16 minutes

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