Ever since I can remember, these gorgeous creamy Parmesan vegetables have graced the table for every holiday.
Thanksgiving… Christmas…Easter…you name it, creamy Parmesan vegetables are there. They are that good. They are the quintessential side. They have the taste, texture and flavor that truly compliments any dish, but in our house it has become the sacred side served only at the holidays.
One year my mom actually “forgot” to make them on Thanksgiving. I can still remember standing in her kitchen with my mouth hanging open, as tiny beads of sweat gathered on my forehead and the beginnings of a panic attack set in.
NO creamy Parmesan vegetables?
That’s…that’s unacceptable! It can’t be Thanksgiving without creamy Parmesan vegetables.
I’ll never forget the silence that fell over the room. The deep mourning that emanated from each family member. My mom was flabbergasted, almost entertained by the drama that had just unfolded before her. “Really? You all love them that much?” she asked in amazement. With a twinkle in her eye and swat of her wooden spoon, she had creamed Parmesan vegetables put together in no time.
I remember being in awwww of my mom that day. How could she magically just whip up this coveted, delicious dish so quickly? I never did ask and she never did tell. I guess that I’ve always just enjoyed not knowing.
Until this week.
This week I decided that it was time to learn all of my mom’s deep dark secrets. I have raided her recipe box. I’ve already had a fabulous flop of a French Silk pie that will haunt me until I get it right, but the creamy Parmesan vegetables?
Now I know why she was able to whip these up on a moments notice. This is a secret too good not to share! If you’re looking for a fabulous last minute side dish, this is it!
These are the ingredients: frozen mixed vegetables, half & half, butter, onions, Parmesan cheese and flour.
And Beau Monde seasoning.
And salt and pepper.
Begin by melting your butter.
Add the onions and saute until translucent.
Sprinkle in the flour.
Mix vigorously until it is all incorporated.
Let me just tell ya, it’s starting to smell like a party now!
Slowly pour in the half & half while stirring constantly.
Add in your thawed and cooked mixed vegetables…
pour in the Parmesan cheese…
then add your Beau Monde seasoning and salt & pepper and give a good stir.
Now I know, for a fact, without a doubt, that this dish will never be missing from any of my holiday tables. And who knows?
It just may make an appearance weekly.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go make a second batch…
Wishing you & yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Creamy Parmesan Vegetables
1 pkg (24 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 cups half & half
1/2 teaspoon Beau Monde seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Cook frozen vegetables as directed on package; drain and set aside. Melt butter in a dutch oven; saute onion until translucent (about 5-10 minutes). Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of flour in stirring vigorously until incorporated. Next slowly add cream, stirring constantly over low heat until thick. Add drained vegetables & seasonings; stir in Parmesan cheese. Cook 5 minutes more and serve!