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March 18, 2010

broccoli cheese rice

Broccoli Cheese Rice, originally uploaded by Noladishu.

This is broccoli cheese rice in my new favorite dish. It's a roughly 8x5 cast iron enameled le creuset gratin dish. (No. 24) They don't sell these to us in america anymore, so Clay found this vintage one on Ebay and got it for me as a birthday present.

The broccoli cheese rice is an attempt to re-create the rich, bechamel-sauce-y version of this at Cochon; my cajun grandma's broccoli cheese rice is of course, better, but attempting to replicate it exactly is always going to fail. Cochon's was excellent.

How to make it?

Broccoli cut into small florets, enough to cover the bottom of a baking dish. Roughly the same amount of leftover rice; about a cup in this case. Make 1 cup of your favorite bechamel sauce (I use Julia Child's method), melt some cheese in it, and mix it all together in the dish. Put more cheese on top and bake it. We were using Gruyere which is really overkill, but tasty. Brown under broiler.

The best part about this little gratin dish? Unlike the other five casserole dishes in my cabinet, this one is broiler safe, so you can get gorgeous. tasty brown crusts on everything.

candice at March 18, 2010 09:56 PM


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