BROCCOLI AU GRATIN

  • Prep Time
    30 minutes
  • Cook Time
    30 minutes
  • Serving
    6
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So, I included a picture of Ina Garten, one of my favorite cooks, because she has a recipe for Broccoli Au Gratin that is very similar to this one.  Similar, but not the same.  By the way, Ina Garten seems to be one of the nicest celebrity chefs out there.  At least she is on screen and by reputation.  (Who knows, maybe she’s a real kitchen witch when the cameras are off, but I don’t think so!)  She laughs a little nervously constantly like a real person.  She fusses over her husband.  She’s beautiful without being a prima donna.  She cooks for company and enjoys eating and drinking with other people.  Who wouldn’t love to attend one of HER dinner parties?  She just seems so darn nice!

Ingredients

Bechamel sauce

Broccoli Au Gratin

    Directions

    The secrets to this recipe? Steam the broccoli until it is soft but still crunchy. In other words, don't cook it until they it is limp. Make a perfect Bechamel to pour over the broccoli in the casserole dish. Then sprinkle cheese liberally over the broccoli and sauce. I used Velveeta shredded cheddar (it melts beautifully), some shredded Queso Fresco (the kind that comes in a plastic bag for quesadillas) and some grated Parmesan. The bread crumbs were whizzed in the Kitchenaid until they were ragged shreds, not fine crumbs. And some melted butter poured on top will give your casserole a crispy, buttery top. Perfection!

    Step 1

    Make the Bechamel: Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour. Mix with a whisk until you have a butter colored roux. Don't brown. Pour in the milk a little at time, whisking constantly, until you have a smooth thick sauce. Set aside.

    Step 2

    Steam the broccoli until it's no longer hard, but don't overcook. Leave it a little crunchy.

    Step 3

    Whiz the Bunny bread in your Kitchenaid until it is ragged - you want shards not fine crumbs.

    Step 4

    Melt butter.

    Step 5

    Assemble casserole: Broccoli arranged prettily with stems down. Pour Bechamel over the broccoli. Sprinkle cheese liberally over the sauce. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the casserole, and then pour melted butter over the bread.

    Step 6

    Bake at 350 degrees until brown and crispy on top.

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