8 servings

A gratin is simply a dish, savory or sweet, that's finished under a broiler to create a golden crust. Sometimes the crust comes from breadcrumbs; sometimes it's merely cheese, as in this delicious side dish bathed in béchamel sauce.

How to Make It

Step 1

Arrange broccoli in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam 10 minutes or just until tender. Remove from heat. Transfer broccoli to a lightly greased 2-quart gratin or other shallow baking dish.

Step 2

Meanwhile, melt butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in mustard and next 3 ingredients. Pour sauce over broccoli; sprinkle with cheese. Broil 5 1/2" from heat 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve hot.

Christmas with Southern Living 2000

Ratings & Reviews

creamcheese's Review

June 03, 2010
This was fabulous! I used frozen broccoli, skim milk, and pepper jack cheese (instead of Gruyère). I served it to vegetable-hating guests and watched the entire casserole disappear. Bummer I didn't get any leftovers. So quick, cheap, tasty, and easy - will definitely make it again in quantity.