French in a Flash: Broccoli Gratin Recipe

Kerry Saretsky

As much as I love vegetables (and I do), I admit there's no better way to eat them than when they're bubbling in hot cream and covered in melted cheese. Vegetables have for so long been the healthy thing that has to fill that corner of your plate to make a meal wholesome. When they're decadent, the meal takes on a special kind of indulgence.

I love cauliflower gratin, and this is my streamlined broccoli version. Baking the vegetables in crème fraîche, which doesn't separate in the heat of the oven, means you don't have to bother making a béchamel. The crème fraîche melts, and the cheese melts into it, without separating, so you have all the function of a béchamel, without the bother, and the whole gratin comes out lighter. Simply toss blanched broccoli with créme fraîche and grated Gruyère, then top it with more cheese and panko. The sauce pools and melts and cooks inside the little florets of the broccoli, and the top gets gooey and crispy. I could sit down and eat a whole plate of it myself. You may want to double the recipe—especially if I'm invited!

Recipe Facts



Active: 5 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 2 to 4 servings

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  • 4 cups broccoli florets

  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche

  • 1 cup grated Gruyère

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons panko


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Blanch the broccoli in salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain.

  2. Toss the broccoli with the cream fraîche, three quarters of the cheese, and salt and pepper. Spoon the broccoli mixture into a greased baking dish. Top with the panko, and the remaining cheese. Bake until the top is golden and bubbling—30 to 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
268 Calories
18g Fat
16g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 268
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 569mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 101mg 507%
Calcium 370mg 28%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 508mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)