Successful Together: Broccoli Gratin {Secret Recipe Club!}

April 16, 2012

Broccoli Gratin {Secret Recipe Club!}

Secret Recipe Club

Another month, with another wonderful Secret Recipe Club assignment! If you are new to my blog and are unsure of what the Secret Recipe Club is, each month the members are secretly assigned another member from the group, and then we go and find an irresistible recipe to recreate and post on our own blog.  It is so much fun to browse through the other blogs and find awesomely wonderful recipes to make :)  A big shout out to Amanda, the founder of this wonderful club, and to Suzanne, the hostess of group B who helps us keep all of our stuff together :).

This month, I was assigned to The Bitchin' Kitchin'. I was excited first, by Ellie's choice of blog title (childish, I know!) but once I started going through her blog, MAN OH MAN! She has got some good stuff. I will actually be posting 3 recipes from her blog this week, including the one below since I had such a hard time choosing. Other posts that caught my eye were her Strawberry Infused Vodka, Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese,  as well as her super helpful post on How to De-Seed a Pomegranate. Ellie is a laid back chick from NJ who loves to cook great food. Her posts are all unique and interesting. You should definitely check out her blog and the rest of the goodies she has posted! Thank you Ellie for having such an awesome blog and having so many wonderful options to choose from :)

The recipe that I am posting today from her blog is her Broccoli Gratin. The dish looked like a nice new take on broccoli, which we are always looking for. I followed her suggestion and made my own bread crumbs in my food processor and it turned out great. Ed loved it and said it was perfect, just enough flavor to not be plain broccoli, but not overwhelmed with a bunch of spice or too much cheese. I do think that next time I make it, I will add about 1/2 - 1 oz of shredded cheese to the broccoli part of the dish, as well as the cheese for the topping! :)  

Broccoli Gratin
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  • 1 1/2 lbs broccoli
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 oz shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tbs light butter cut in pieces

Preheat oven to 400F.
Spray the bottom of 1 1/2 - 2 quart baking dish with pan spray
Place the broccoli in salted boiling water and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until tender
Drain the broccoli and cut in to bite sized pieces. Add to baking dish
Add the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Toss to coat, then spread the broccoli evenly in the dish.
Pour the milk over the top of the broccoli, then sprinkle with the cheese and bread crumbs.
Add the pieces of butter to the top.
Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until dish is heated through and cheese is bubbly
Serve and enjoy!

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  1. This sounds great - I bet I could get my picky little man to eat this!

    1. It does look great - my mom makes something similar.

      My picky guy wouldn't touch it unless each ingredient was in its own separate bowl. Not even cheese on the broccoli! What kid doesn't like cheese?

  2. We love broccoli. Period. Turn it into a gratin, and I think we'd fight over the last serving. (Found you via the Secret Recipe Club.)

  3. Yummy! I love the cheese & broccoli combo! I'll have to give this one a try soon!

  4. Yum! I've made a version of this that I adore. This sounds excellent as well.

  5. I LOVE broccoli and this sounds great! Thanks!

  6. This brings back wonderful childhood memories of a "casserole" my mom used to make -- but much healthier. Thanks for sharing thru SRC. Stop by and check out my spaghetti pie.


  7. We would just love this awesome recipe, Broccoli, Yum! It is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen

  8. a new must try recipe for me! Thanks for being part of SRC!

  9. Thanks for posting about the broccoli gratin dish! I love your commentary ("chick from NJ" being a personal favorite) You make me laugh! So great to have you in the SRC!

  10. Red pepper flakes make everything better! Even broccoli which is my fave veggie. I'm stopping by from SRC but be sure to stop by Seasonal Potluck this month. We have peas AND rhubarb link parties open! We'd love if you'd share any recipes you may have

  11. Oh,a favorite combo, cheese and broccoli! yum...

  12. I really like broccoli but don't often cook it in interesting ways so this is a great way to liven it up. I like the fact it's got some chilli flakes in too!

  13. there's no such thing as too much cheese, my friend ;)

    that being said, what an excellent way to sneak more veggies into a meal. i love broccoli but never know what to do with it. well done!

    Happy SRC reveal from a group D Member!

    p.s. i love the name of her blog too. we can be childish together.

  14. I love broccoli, this looks like a great recipe. Stopping by from SRC.

  15. Oh this sounds SO good! Thanks for linking up to Weigh~In Wednesday!!

  16. Fun, and you're quite right that's it's always nice to find another way to serve broccoli. I'd bet this is a good way to use frozen broccoli too!


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