CABBAGE AU GRATIN

CABBAGE AU GRATIN

2 medium heads cabbage, quartered with hearts removed
4 quarts boiling water
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
12 slices American cheese
1 cup bread crumbs (optional)
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Place cabbage in a large pot of boiling water. Cook until tender, drain and set aside.
Melt butter in a saucepan, then add flour stirring constantly. Gradually add 2 cups of milk. Stir on medium heat until thickened.
Layer cabbage in bottom of the prepared baking dish. Pour 1/3 of white sauce over cabbage. Arrange six slices of cheese on that. Repeat, ending with white sauce.
Bake in an oven at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for 45 minutes or until bubbly and browned. Let stand 5 minutes. Slice and enjoy.