Let the season begin! I love these next few weeks. Decorations, lights, shopping, cooking, baking and counting the hours until every single one of my punks are home for Christmas day!! You may hear this a lot over the next few weeks. I haven’t had all of my punks home at the same time for 2 years. I said 2 YEARS!!!! I am counting the hours until I have them all under one roof. Good times are in my future for sure. I am sharing a side dish with you that my family really enjoys. We enjoy all things fresh and smothered in cheese. My punks definitely inherited my love of cheese. It is topped with panko crumbs to give it that special crunch. Try it before the holidays and then be sure to add it to your menu. You will love it!!
I hope this becomes a regular on your dinner table. It comes together quickly and tastes great with everything. It is also a great potluck dish. In other words, this is a great recipe to keep on hand!
slightly adapted from http://www.tasteofhome.com/
- 3 lbs. cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 lbs. broccoli, cut into florets
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups whole milk
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup toasted Panko crumbs
- In a large Dutch oven, combine cauliflower and broccoli and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cook until tender with fork, drain and place in a 2 quart baking dish.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large skillet, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Add flour, cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add milk, salt, nutmeg, and red pepper, stirring well to combine.
- Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened and bubbly.
- Add cheeses, stirring to combine and melt.
- Pour mixture over cauliflower and broccoli in baking dish.
- Melt remaining 2 tablespoon butter.
- Pour Panko crumbs in melted butter.
- Stir Panko crumbs in skillet until toasted.
- Spread crumbs over vegetables.
- Put into oven and bake until lightly browned, approximately 45-50 minutes.