This is one terrific way to serve broccoli, whether it be for dinner or a special occasion, you'll love this dish! Broccoli Gratin, it's what's for dinner, Enjoy!
- 3 Tablespoons plus 1 Tablespoon butter divided
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- Black pepper to taste.
- 8 cups broccoli florets about 4 heads
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs panko bread crumbs can also be used
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Butter an 8x8 baking dish.
Steam the florets until crisp tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Melt 1 Tablespoon butter in a skillet . Add the bread crumbs, stir the crumbs over medium -high heat until golden brown. Remove from the skillet. Set aside.
In a heavy metal saucepan melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the flour, whisk until smooth, cook for one minute. Add the milk and salt to the pan,bring the mixture to a boil while continuing to whisk. Reduce the heat, simmer and stir until it thickens, about 10 minutes. Season with pepper. Remove from heat.
Place the florets in the buttered baking dish. Sprinkle half the grated cheese over the broccoli, Pour the sauce over the cheese and broccoli. Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top. Spread the bread crumbs evenly over all.
Place your oven rack in the middle of the oven. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.