Broccoli and Cauliflower au Gratin

Broccoli and Cauliflower au Gratin

Broccoli and cauliflower florets are smothered in a cheesy, garlic sauce and then baked off for one of the most comforting side dishes I know of. A sprinkling of bread crumbs over top forms a golden brown, crunchy crust that seals in all that molten, cheesy goodness. It’s rustic, warming and homey, just the type of thing that long, winter nights call for.

This is one of my favorite ways to eat broccoli, even though it’s low on my list of vegetables I like. Unlike cauliflower, which I naturally gravitate toward. That’s why I feel it’s safe for me to say that even the most pickiest of eaters will have a hard time turning this down. It transforms into something entirely different. And entirely delicious.

Broccoli and Cauliflower au Gratin

Broccoli and Cauliflower au Gratin
(by Reeni)

9 cups broccoli and/or cauliflower florets*
4 tablespoons butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup flour
sea or kosher salt and fresh pepper
red pepper flakes, optional
2 cups whole milk
2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 heaping tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs

1. Grease a deep sided 8×8-inch casserole dish. Lightly steam the florets until just tender but still firm. Add them to the casserole dish. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In a medium saucepan melt the butter over medium-low heat and saute garlic until fragrant. Whisk in flour and cook 2-3 minutes. Season well with salt, pepper and a dash or two of red pepper if desired. Slowly whisk in milk, turn up heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Add 1 + 1/2 cups cheese, stir until melted, remove from heat. Pour over the florets in the pan.

3. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese then with the bread crumbs. Bake 25-30 minutes until bubbly and top is golden. Remove and allow to set for 5 minutes before serving.

*1 large head of each

Broccoli and Cauliflower au Gratin

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Comments

  1. Kim says

    This is a side dish that will truly steal the show. I love broccoli and cheese casserole. Adding cauliflower is a great idea.

  2. Shannon says

    cheese does make everything better ;) i haven't craved broccoli in awhile… wonder why! maybe i should reintroduce it for this :)

  3. poppyseed says

    Yeah, I have to make this. I love every ingredient in it. I love cheesy broccoli and cheesy cauliflower. They have to be great together! I should have picked up cauliflower in the market yesterday.

  4. Debbi Does Dinner He says

    Cheese makes everything better! I actually have both broccoli and cauliflower on the grocery list. Hmmmm…

  5. Monet says

    This reminds me of mac and cheese (always a good thing) with healthy veggies instead of pasta. I can see why this would be perfect on a cold winter night. You can't go wrong with all that cheese and milk! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. May your Sunday be one of peace and love.

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