Broccoli and Cauliflower au gratin

 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!!

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The cast. Simple fresh ingredients, nothing fancy.
Boil the cauliflower and broccoli just until fork tender.
Boil the cauliflower and broccoli just until fork tender.
Drain the veggies and place in a 2 quart pan.
Drain the veggies and place in a 2 quart pan.

 

After melting butter in pan and adding flour, add milk, salt, nutmeg, and red pepper. Tsk, tsk, red pepper didn't make the picture. Don't forget it Ok? Good.
After melting the butter in the pan and adding the flour, add milk, salt, nutmeg, and red pepper. Tsk, tsk, red pepper didn’t make the picture. Don’t forget it Ok? Good. Stir until combined and thickened.
After sauce has thickened and is bubbly, add the cheeses. Just cheese makes me happy, but cheeses.....makes me do handstands!
After sauce has thickened and is bubbly, add the cheeses. Add a combination of Parmesan and Mozzarella. Just cheese makes me happy, but cheeses…..makes me do handstands!
Look at that beautiful sight. No, really, just sit for a moment and take in the beauty of melted cream with cheese.
Look at that beautiful sight. No, really, just sit for a moment and take in the beauty of melted cream with cheese.
Pour the melted cheese sauce over the veggies.
Pour the melted cheese sauce over the veggies.
Melt a little more butter and add the panko crumbs.
Melt a little more butter and add the panko crumbs.
Stir it all around to be sure you have all the crumbs coated in butter. Then keep stirring and let it get just a little toasty.
Stir it all around to be sure you have all the crumbs coated in butter. Then keep stirring and let it get just a little toasty.
Pour the crumbs on top of the veggies and creamy cheese sauce.
Pour the crumbs on top of the veggies and creamy cheese sauce.
Now this little beauty is all ready for Edna.
Now this little beauty is all ready for Edna.
Into Edna, on the middle shelf, for approximately 45 minutes.
Into Edna, on the middle shelf, for approximately 45 minutes.
The crunchy panko gives the perfect texture to the creamy cheese sauce on top of the broccoli and cauliflower. Even your picky eaters will eat this vegetable dish.
The crunchy panko gives the perfect texture to the creamy cheese sauce on top of the broccoli and cauliflower. Even your picky eaters will eat this vegetable dish.

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!

Enjoy!!

slightly adapted from http://www.tasteofhome.com/

Broccoli and Cauliflower Au Gratin
Broccoli and Cauliflower covered in a creamy cheese sauce and then topped with toasted panko crumbs.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 lbs. cauliflower, cut into florets
  2. 2 lbs. broccoli, cut into florets
  3. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  4. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  5. 4 cups whole milk
  6. 3 teaspoons salt
  7. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  9. 1 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  10. 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  11. 1 cup toasted Panko crumbs
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large skillet, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Add flour, cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Add milk, salt, nutmeg, and red pepper, stirring well to combine.
  5. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened and bubbly.
  6. Add cheeses, stirring to combine and melt.
  7. Pour mixture over cauliflower and broccoli in baking dish.
  8. Melt remaining 2 tablespoon butter.
  9. Pour Panko crumbs in melted butter.
  10. Stir Panko crumbs in skillet until toasted.
  11. Spread crumbs over vegetables.
  12. Put into oven and bake until lightly browned, approximately 45-50 minutes.
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