Monday, September 8, 2008

Broccoli Gratin

I found this delicious recipe in a recent issue of Everyday Food Magazine. Let me tell you, it is a crowd pleaser! Gooey cheese with a nice crunch from bread crumbs. This will make anyone want to eat their broccoli!


3 slices sandwich bread
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup flour
3 cups whole milk
2 heads broccoli florets(about 2 lbs), chopped finely
1 cup shredded white cheddar
salt & pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a food processor pulse bread with 1 tbs olive oil until large crumbs form; season with salt and pepper.

In a large sauce pan, heat remaining oil over medium. Whisk in flour and stir constantly for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and reduce to a simmer. Cook until broccoli is tender, about 15- 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and stir in 3/4 cup of cheese. Transfer mixture to baking dish (I used a 2 quart, but a 1 quart would probably work also). Top with bread crumbs and remaining cheese.

Bake until golden, 6 to 8 minutes.

(I have also prepared this ahead of time and saved the baking until right before serving. I just keep the baking dish in the refrigerator until I am ready for it.)

I use this as a main dish since we are eating less meat. Served with a small tomato & greens salad, it's a wonderful entree. However, this would also be great as a side dish and perfect for a pot luck!

Black Bean Salad

This is one of my favorite throw-together-because-I-have-no-desire-to-stand-over-a-stove-all-afternoon-recipes. Scrumptious flavors, and a surprisingly hearty dish. This is another one that would be great accompanied by some corn bread! :)


1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups frozen corn, defrosted
1/c cup chopped green onions
3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 avocado, peeled and diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
2 tbsp lime juice (or about half a lime)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp sugar
salt & pepper, to taste

There is no cooking! Just chop, dice, peel and stir it all together. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Best if chilled before serving, though I would recommend adding the avocado right before serving.

As a side, or main attraction, this salad can be served however your heart desires!

**The picture is shown with red onions, but I prefer the more subtle taste of green onions.