I wanted to make something recognisable and filling, healthy and indulgent and of course quick and simple. After much head scratching I was almost at the point of deciding that I was ridiculous and almost opted for a broccoli sandwich when I changed my mind. Thank goodness I did; imagine how soggy a broccoli sandwich would be, no amount of condiments could cheer that up.
You will need:
1 pack of cottage cheese
A dribble of cream
A generous handful of strong cheese, grated
1 pack Tenderstem broccoli
Salt and pepper
Get the grill on full whack and some water on to boil. Put the cottage cheese and cream into a saucepan on a low heat. Stir the cottage cheese and cream together until you have a smooth (ish) sauce. Season the sauce. If you put the heat on too high the cheese will split as I found out the hard way once before. While the cheese is doing its thing, cook the broccoli in boiling water for two minutes.
Put the broccoli into a dish, cover with the cheese sauce and top with the grated cheese. Put under the grill for five minutes or until golden and bubbling. When I got the gratin out there was a bit of water at the bottom, I think it came out of the broccoli but a little bit of kitchen roll mopped that up no problem.
It perhaps lacked the silky smoothness of a proper cauliflower cheese but when you’ve got in from work on a miserable Monday this is like a saviour. Sort of like a friend you’ve known forever who’s just got a haircut; the same but slightly different.