Even if President George H. W. Bush is not a fan of broccoli, I am pretty sure he would not turn his nose up at this delicious dish I made with fresh broccoli from the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market.
Broccoli au Gratin
1 1/2 pounds broccoli
3 tblsp butter
3 tblsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
a dash or two of Worchestershire sauce (optional)
1 1/2 cups warm milk
2/3 cup shredded cheese (any kind you prefer)
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs)
butter for greasing the casserole dish
Rinse and cut broccoli into flowerets, using stems as well. Trim off stems, peel them with a veggie peeler, and then cut them into disks. Set aside. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and salt, and stir, cooking flour and butter together for about 3 minutes. Slowly stir in warm milk to flour butter mixture. Add Worchestershire sauce if you want to, or omit. Stir until thickened. Add 2/3 cup of your favorite cheese, grated into the mixture. Stir until melted. In a pot with a steamer basket, bring 1 inch of salted water to a boil. Add disks first, then flowerets. Cover pot and steam for 3 minutes, until broccoli is not quite done. Grease a casserole dish with butter, then drain broccoli and place in casserole. Pour cheese sauce over the broccoli. Top casserole with panko breadcrumbs. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Serves 4.