So French and so comforting (Broccoli Au Gratin)

I finally ran out of broccoli from the Chinese restaurant.  And then I picked up a share from Covey Rise farms and there was more broccoli in it!  I was running out of healthy ideas, so I decided to make a classic I had never made before.  I decided on Broccoli Au Gratin.  So French, especially since I used Gruyere!  

This is so rich and delicious.  Perfect with a grilled piece of chicken or fish.  The cheese sauce is so good and it makes boring old broccoli, even better, if you are like me and like broccoli.  Make this and you will not regret it.  I will warn you, it is not good leftover, so make sure you eat it all!  You can actually place them in individual ramekins and freeze any uncooked ones if you want to make smaller portions!  Full recipe to follow the montage.  

Broccoli Au Gratin
Just look at that cheesy broccoli!

Broccoli Au Gratin
The lovely cast.
Broccoli Au Gratin
Chop Chop Grate your stuff!
Broccoli Au Gratin
Mmmm, nice and toasty!
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Nice and milky.
Broccoli Au Gratin
Now it is nice and cheesy.
Broccoli Au Gratin
Add some extra cheese to make it even better.
Broccoli Au Gratin
Pin it for when you are craving something French!

Broccoli Au Gratin (adapted from several different recipes)

2 cups Broccoli Florets
2 tablespoon Butter
2 tablespoon Flour
1 small shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups Milk
1.5 cups Gruyere Cheese, Freshly Grated
Salt and pepper to taste


Heat oven to 400 F. Place broccoli in boiling water and cook for about 5 minutes, strain through a colander.  In a pan melt the butter, add the shallot and garlic and cook for 3 minutes.  Add flour and whisk until combined and cook it for about 5-6 minutes.  In the meantime, add milk 1 cup at the time and stir it constantly to avoid any lumps.  Cook for about 10 minutes to make sure that all raw flour taste is gone.  Season with salt, pepper, and 1 cup of cheese and stir to combine.  Remove from heat. Place the broccoli in an oven safe dish and spoon the sauce on top of the broccoli. Top with cheese and a little salt and pepper.  Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.

Happy Cooking!


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