Kid Friendly Recipes
Broccoli Gratin for the Kids
My husband eats pretty much everything. It works well for me, as I could never imagine trying to please a husband who didn't enjoy food as much as I did. Cooking together has always been something we've enjoyed, and it's come naturally, as naturally as holding hands on our first walks around the lake.
Still, the one thing that he had never developed a taste for, probably because he'd never really had it as a child and then only sad, wilted, pathetic imposters of the green vegetable later in life is broccoli.
In my house growing up broccoli had reigned supreme. It meant no frozen vegetables that often inhabited our plates oh so often, and the bright green trees were a welcome sight, gobbled down by all five kids in my family.
At the start of our relationship, my poor husband had to come to terms that my 2-year-old daughter proudly and loudly declared broccoli her favorite food. He then had to come to terms with the next 3 of our children following in her footsteps. It's okay, though, as when cooked so that it is not the mush that some associate with this food, it turns out that he loves it just as much as they do, even choosing it more often than not.
2 pounds broccoli
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Ground black pepper
1 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
Blanch broccoli in boiling water for three minutes. Mix together cream, salt, nutmeg, pepper and 3/4 cup Parmesan. In a greased 8-10″ baking dish add broccoli in an even layer. Pour cream mixture over the top. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and bread crumbs. Bake at 350º F for 15 minutes. Open the oven and using a spoon, break the crust and push the broccoli down. Bake an additional 15 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Makes 6-8 servings.