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!

GATHER:

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

COOK:
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.)

SERVE:
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!

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

So... do you have any good freezer meals? You know... the kind where if I wanted to cook a bunch of meals one day and freeze them so I could use them throughout the week or so?? I'm looking for a few good recipes that freeze well.