Broccoli and Cheese Gratin

Tired of the same boring broccoli? Welcome this fantastic recipe to your next dinner table and watch the mouths drop in awe! Broccoli and cheese gratin is so simple and delicious you’ll forget it’s actually good for you!

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Broccoli and Cheese Gratin
Serves 6
A delicious and simple broccoli side dish!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs. broccoli florets
  2. 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  4. 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  5. 1 teaspoon freshly grated Nutmeg
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  7. freshly ground black pepper
  8. 2 cups mixed finely grated Colby & Monterey Jack cheeses
  9. 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  10. Pam cooking spray
  11. 8x8x2 inch deep baking or gratin dish
Instructions
  1. With rack in the middle of oven preheat to 450 degrees F. Spray baking dish with Pam cooking spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat.
  3. Whisk in the flour until smooth. You just created a "roux" (pronounced ROO, the base of all French culinary sauces!) Cook stirring continuously for 1 minute, do not brown!
  4. Add the milk, salt and nutmeg and bring to a boil whisking constantly.
  5. Turn off the heat but keep on burner and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally until the white sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  6. Bring a pot with 1 inch of water to a boil and steam broccoli until bright and crisp but not soggy, about 5 minutes.
  7. Drain broccoli well and put in prepared dish. Sprinkle with half of the cheese.
  8. Pour the entire white sauce over the broccoli and cheese evenly. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the sauce.
  9. In a small saucepan melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add the bread crumbs. Cook stirring until slightly browned.
  10. Sprinkle the bread crumbs all over the gratin. Place in preheated oven and bake until browned and bubbly, about 20 minutes.
Notes
  1. Refrigerate any left overs. Reheat before serving.
Adapted from Food Network Kitchen
Lady Diana's Pearls http://ladydianaspearls.com/

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  • Isabel

    This looks so yummy, I will have to try! 🙂