Sunday, September 28, 2008

broccoli gratin... 45 minutes

the goods:

3 slices white sandwich bread
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
2 heads broccoli, florets chopped, stalks peeled and chopped
1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a food processor, pulse bread and 1 tablespoon oil until large crumbs form; season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium. Whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil; add broccoli and season with salt and pepper. Reduce to a simmer.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until broccoli is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in 3/4 cup cheese.

Transfer mixture to a shallow 1 and 1/2 quart baking dish; top with breadcrumbs and remaining 1/4 cup cheese.

Bake until cheese is melted, 6 to 8 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

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