What better combination is there than broccoli and cheese? And when you pair broccoli with the creamy, silky gruyere cheese, you have a simply divine side dish. The gruyere in this dish melts into a creamy sauce that coats the broccoli and gives it tons of flavor. And the toasted bread crumbs on top add an extra crunch. Paired along side baked chicken, grilled steak or breaded pork chops, this broccoli side will complete any meal. You will not be disappointed. Make the first bite count!
Total Time: 1 hour
2 bunches of broccoli, stalks removed and roughly chopped (about 4-6 cups)
2 Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons butter, divided
2 Tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup (4 ounces) gruyere, grated
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1. Preheat oven to 375. Place broccoli in a microwave safe dish and add water. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and microwave on high 3-4 minutes to steam cook.
2. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the flour. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and simmer until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Stir until cheese is melted. Add the broccoli to the pot and stir to coat. Transfer broccoli mixture to a 2- or 3-quart baking dish.
3. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the broccoli. Melt remaining Tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Add the bread crumbs and toss to coat in the butter. Sprinkle the bread crumbs on top.
4. Bake 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and bread crumbs are golden brown. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.