Saturday, January 30, 2016

Recipe #107: Fresh Broccoli and Swiss Cheese Gratin

Do you like swiss cheese, do like broccoli, especially fresh?  If you do, this is your lucky day! This is a great dish to make as a side, fall and winter, but I personally could eat it any time of year.  The recipe is very old, and it called for frozen broccoli, but I use fresh, and it's fabulous.  Few ingredients...yes, great reheated...yes, should you make it...yes. Now, let's cook...

1 1/4 lbs fresh broccoli florets                                 3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour                                                                 3 tbsp chopped onion
1 1/4 cups milk (2% or whole)                                2 cups shredded swiss cheese
2 eggs, beaten

Heat oven to 325.  Grease a 10x7 (or something else close enough).  In a medium saucepan over high heat, in 1" boiling water, cook broccoli with 1/2 tsp salt.  Since you don't want it totally cooked, this should take only a few minutes.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.  Stir in flour and 1 1/2 tsp salt until smooth.  Add onion and cook 1 minute.  Slowly stir in milk; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and begins to boil.  Remove from heat.  Stir cheese into mixture until it melts, then beaten eggs, then broccoli.  Pour into baking dish and bake 30 minutes or until center is firm to touch and top is slightly browned.  Bon appetit!    


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