Sides, Vegeterian, Veggies

Roasted Broccoli and Pecan Gratin

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Everyone needs a go to side dish for those nights when the last thing you want to think about is “What’s For Dinner”.  The perfect side is something that is versatile and can compliment any main dish from seafood, meats and chicken to casseroles and soups. It has to be light but yet hearty enough to stand up on its own. And when we are referring to veggies as the side what is better than vegetables hot and bubbly with cheese and bread crumbs? Nothing- Absolutely nothing is better! With all this said my Roasted Broccoli and Pecan Gratin is the PERFECT side!

One of my favorite things to do when I cook is to treat each part of the dish as its own dish. By that I mean, if I make chicken noodle soup for instance, I like to roast the chicken with nice seasonings before adding it to the stock, I like to roast my bananas before making banana nut bread, I like to fry my chickpeas before including them in a nice pasta salad. You get the picture……So I thought a nice roasted garlic flavor for the broccoli would be nice and the extra crunch of roasted pecans would make this gratin extra special. It has everything you need. Veggies, crunch, cheese and bread crumbs- what’s not to love! Find me a kid who doesn’t like their broccoli and I will turn them into a broccoli lover!

You know I like to have my “secret” ingredients and I bet you can’t or (maybe you can if you have stuck around here long enough)- what my secret ingredient is? MUSTARD! The use of Dijon mustard alongside the creme fraiche, cheese and breadcrumbs adds a fantastic punch to the topping and one you would least expect. I used lemon Dijon mustard but really any variety would do- for a little extra spice try chipotle mustard ( Saucy Mama has a great one) or maybe horseradish mustard or rich brown mustard. Either way you go you can go wrong!

 

Roasted Broccoli and Pecan Gratin
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ to 2 pounds broccoli, trimmed, the stems cut into pieces
  • ⅓ cup of creme fraiche
  • ¼ cup mayonaise
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • 1½ tsp lemon dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper each
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup of parmesan cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Put the broccoli and pecans in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, toss with minced garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes and transfer to a gratin dish or casserole dish. Cook until the tops are browning and the stems are crisp-tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from the oven and set aside. Mix together in a large bowl the remaining ingredients. Place small mounds of the cheese mixture on top of the broccoli, gently pressing down. Return to the oven and cook until the cheese is bubbling and the bread crumbs are golden. Serve hot or warm.

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53 Comments

  1. daphne

    this is perfect for my “Clean” meal plans! Got to incorporate that for one of our meals!

    23 . Jul . 2012
  2. Shea

    Yum, I love roasted broccoli! The addition of the pecans and cheese sounds amazing!

    23 . Jul . 2012
  3. val

    I never thought about putting nuts on my broccoli. You always inspire me.

    23 . Jul . 2012
  4. Kaci

    YUM!

    23 . Jul . 2012
  5. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    What a healthy and lovely salad. Love your “secret” ingredient. I use it in almost everything.
    Sam

    23 . Jul . 2012
  6. Melynda@MomsSundayCafe

    WOW, this sounds wonderful.

    23 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      It really is and you could do it with cauliflower or even brussel sprouts too!

      25 . Jul . 2012
  7. Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate

    I don’t think I would have thought of this combination on my own, but I love it! Broccoli is such a good-for-you, fiber-rich veggie to incorporate into any dish. It looks great!!

    23 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Thanks Kati!

      25 . Jul . 2012
  8. Allison @ Alli 'n Son

    I always, always forget to make a side dish. Dessert, that I remember, but never a side dish. This sounds so tasty.

    23 . Jul . 2012
  9. lindsay

    this looks amazing lady!! we love broccoli, but i get tired of eating it the same way over and over. i will be trying this asap! i hope you are having a fabulous day pretty lady!

    xoxo

    23 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Thanks Lindsay! I had a great day and hope you did too!

      25 . Jul . 2012
  10. Kankana

    Love one pot meal for week nights and this sounds delicious plus healthy

    23 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Very healthy- although the cheese might not be the best low cal ingredient to add to it but overall it is delish and the perfect way to spice of veggie

      25 . Jul . 2012
  11. Kathleen

    I love everything about this!

    23 . Jul . 2012
  12. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Fabulous combination of flavours Belle.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    24 . Jul . 2012
  13. Baker Street

    Love one pot meals especially on weekday! This sounds so easy and simple to put together! And it looks delicious too!

    24 . Jul . 2012
  14. Eva Taylor

    This looks great Jessica but I’m going to have to wait to try it; it’s been sweltering and I really can’t think of turning on the oven just yet. My Mom used to make a delicious topping for green beans, cauliflower or broccoli with sour cream and bread crumbs!

    24 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      I understand that Eva! yesterday it was 101 here and I was burning up no matter where I went. Here is looking forward to fall!

      25 . Jul . 2012
  15. Cristin Cogen

    I love the flavor of roasted broccoli! I’ll be sure to try this recipe – it sounds delish!

    24 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Thanks Cristin

      25 . Jul . 2012
  16. Mrs. SLPS

    Yummy! I just picked up some broccoli at the veggie stand yesterday! Might need to try this!

    24 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh you would love it. I combines flavors of the south with a standard classic veggie

      25 . Jul . 2012
  17. Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    Great use of broccoli Jessica, an ingredient that every man loves. You’ve got my creative glutton mind going with this too.

    24 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh Jed- your mind is already plenty creative without my help but glad to be of service! LOL

      25 . Jul . 2012
  18. Mary

    What a great recipe!! a wonderful way to get brocolli on the table!
    Mary x

    24 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Yes Indeed Mary and it is so filling that you could have it easily as a meal

      25 . Jul . 2012
  19. Balvinder

    Your secret ingredient is also one of my favorite to add with lemon juice to enhance the flavor more. But I have never seen lemon Dijon mustard. Isn’t it great! to have such a healthy dish with such flavors.

    24 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      I have never thought of lemon juice and mustard in that way before! Sure I’ve done it plenty but now that I think about it you are so right- the lemon juice brings out the more of the flavor in the mustard

      25 . Jul . 2012
  20. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    LOVE roasted veggies for an easy weeknight meal. This looks so delish 🙂

    24 . Jul . 2012
  21. yummychunklet

    Ah, pecans. Straight to my Southern heart!

    24 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      yep, we southerners know how to do a veggie dish right! LOL!

      25 . Jul . 2012
  22. Sook

    mmm I love broccoli! I think I will love this dish.

    25 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      I know you will Sook! Please do give it a try and let me know what you think

      25 . Jul . 2012
  23. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I have everything to make this. I like how easily we can put together, and it’s going to be a new veggie dish to try out with my kids! Thanks for the recipe Jessica!

    25 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      yes! I promise all kids will love this. They won’t even know they are eating broccoli! at least my son didn’t! lol!

      25 . Jul . 2012
  24. Joanne

    This is a gratin and comfort food done oh so right! Cheesy cream heaven.

    25 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Cheesy cream heaven is exactly right! I can see u putting a new fun twist on this dish too!

      25 . Jul . 2012
  25. kitchenriffs

    Terrific dish! I love roasted veggies, and you’ve kicked it up a bunch with this – you get the best of both worlds, roast vegetables and a gratin. Bet this would be great with cauliflower, too. Good dish – thanks.

    25 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh you are exactly right! Cauliflower would be great with this as well as Brussels sprouts!

      25 . Jul . 2012
  26. Malli

    You’ve introduced another tasty way to eat more broccoli. I love them roasted but with the addition of pecans, creme fresh and parmesan it sounds amazing!!

    25 . Jul . 2012
  27. Kristy

    My dear, I do believe you could get me to eat broccoli. 🙂 This looks scrumptious and I can’t believe I’m saying that about a green veggie.

    25 . Jul . 2012
  28. Chris @ Menus For A Week

    Having someone else choose recipes is such a great way to make something you would’ve overlooked! These receipe sounds delicious, I’m glad it surprised me 🙂

    26 . Jul . 2012
  29. kitchen flavours

    This looks so good! We love broccoli and we love mustard, so this would be perfect for us! Thanks for sharing!

    26 . Jul . 2012
  30. Lena

    oh, i would have thought your secret ingredients is kind of cajun spices. I got inspired by you for buying a bottle of cajun seasoning and i simply add a dash to it when searing fish and chicken sometimes..easy cooking. Love the addition of cheese and breadcrumbs here, you always make great dishes!

    26 . Jul . 2012
  31. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    What i nice side dish…so different. I can see why it is a favorite.

    26 . Jul . 2012
  32. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef

    This is a dish I would start out saying, “May I please have seconds,” before the firsts go down. Looks wonderful.

    26 . Jul . 2012
  33. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    I love roasting veggies and double love doing it with broccoli! Looks wonderful 🙂

    29 . Jul . 2012
  34. Joy Peyton

    Roasted vegetables are so delicious! This recipe looks scrumptious as well as super healthy, I’m definately trying it out soon 🙂

    29 . Jul . 2012
  35. Liz

    What a wonderful side dish! We love broccoli and your jazzed up casserole sounds divine…the cheese topping is perfect!

    29 . Jul . 2012
  36. Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian

    Love broccoli! This gratin looks amazing Jessica and I am sure it would turn any kid into a broccoli lover.

    30 . Jul . 2012
  37. Roz

    Oh my gosh Jessica, the secret ingredient is brilliant and I have learned something that really makes a difference in high quality cooking from you: amp up one or more of the ingredients prior to including it in the recipe! And roasting certainly is one way to take the flavor over the top! One last thing, anything with cheese and bread crumbs can’t be beat!!!!!

    31 . Jul . 2012
  38. Nicole-Lynn

    This looks awesme! Do you think by any chance I could omit the mayo for something else and have it taste similar?

    17 . Sep . 2012

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