Broccoli gratin. Crisp-tender broccoli topped with creamy, cheesy white sauce and plenty of fresh breadcrumbs. Perfect green side dish for your next dinner!
Gratin – the highly customisable classic French dish with a browned top. It’s the easiest way to make a simple side dish with seasonal vegetables or your favorite Ingredients. The basic idea is to create a beautiful brown crust with a little help from cheese or bread crumbs.
For today’s recipe, I’m going to make broccoli gratin loaded with the goodness of beautifully green broccoli. To make this gratin, you’ll need to separate the florets of the broccoli and steam them until tender. This will take about 5 minutes. Don’t forget to sprinkle the broccoli florets with a little salt so they’ll taste amazing.
While the broccoli florets are turning crisp-tender in the steamer, start with making beautifully creamy white sauce. Melt a little butter over medium heat and sauté some chopped garlic. To add to the deliciousness factor, I decided to add a couple of tablespoons of dijon mustard. Give this quick stir fry before adding in cream and a touch of nutmeg. You’ll need to cook this sauce for about 3-4 minutes, cool and stir in shredded parmesan cheese.
The next step in making this broccoli gratin is browning some fresh breadcrumbs until crisp and golden. You can use store bought breadcrumbs in this recipe, but I love the flavor of fresh breadcrumbs tossed in a little butter.
Now, transfer all the elements to a buttered baking dish. First, steamed broccoli. Pour the white sauce over the broccoli florets. Sprinkle with parmesan and breadcrumbs, place in preheated oven, and cook for 20-30 minutes. When the gratin is ready, cheese will be melted with beautiful brown crust of breadcrumbs.
Perfectly creamy and cheesy broccoli gratin makes for an amazing side dish!