This is the perfect side dish for when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare but you want a hot savory dinner. This can be made the night before, then cover and put it in the fridge. On the way home, just grab a rotisserie chicken and pop this in the oven while you set the table. Dinner on the table on 30 minutes – how easy is that?
8 cups broccoli, roughly chopped
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups half and half
1 1/2 cups gruyere cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (I like these)
Preheat oven to 375° F. Fill a large saucepan with 1/2 inch of water, then add about 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Place the broccoli in the saucepan and steam 3 to 5 minutes, until just tender. Drain thoroughly and transfer to a large bowl.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the half and half and simmer until slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of the cheese, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Toss with the broccoli.
Transfer the broccoli mixture to a shallow 3-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining half cup of cheese and the panko bread crumbs. Bake until bubbling and golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.