Wednesday, July 11

Broccoli Au Gratin

Admittedly everything is better when covered in cheese. And broccoli is extremely great when covered in cheese. It's texture, firmness, and flavor lend itself perfectly to making an Au gratin.

Serves 4-6
Full time: 30 minutes

You will need:

1 broccoli head
1/2 lb. white cheddar cheese
1 cup heavy cream
4 tbsp salt
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder

Let us begin:

In a large pot bring several cups of water to boil and add the 4 tbsp salt to it

Core and cut the the broccoli head, make sure to get pieces roughly the same size

Once water is at full boil add in the broccoli and set to medium

Cook at medium heat for 5-8 minutes

Drain and return to pot

Reduce temperature to simmer and begin sauce

In a small sauce pan melt butter over medium high heat and whisk in flour

Slowly add cream, whisking fully to incorporate

Whisk in remaining spices and lower heat to simmer. Let sit for a moment
While this sits, cut cheddar into chunks

Return heat to medium and add cheese to pot

Whisk constantly while cheese melts down

Continue to whisk until smooth and lump free

Pour sauce over broccoli

Using a spatulas gently fold together

Give it a few moments on simmer and then pour into bowl to serve.