A simple, comforting recipe that maybe can't take away our pain, but perhaps can at least make us feel at home:
Potatoes and Broccoli au Gratin
about 6 servings
3 russet potatoes
1 1/2 c. chopped broccoli
4 TB butter
4 TB flour
1 pint heavy cream
salt and pepper
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
3 TB butter
3/4 c. panko breadcrumbs
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Peel the potatoes and thinly slice (about 1/8" thick). Toss together with the broccoli.
In a large saucepan melt the 4 TB butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk together. Cook for 2-3 minutes to cook out some of the raw flour flavor. Add the heavy cream and continue to whisk until the mixture thickens to a saucy consistency (about 4-5 minutes). Add salt and pepper to taste. Then add the cheddar cheese and stir until the cheese has melted. Then remove the cheese sauce from the heat.
Mix together the cheese sauce and the potatoes and broccoli. Add to a greased 8X8 baking dish.
Melt the 3 TB butter and mix together with the panko breadcrumbs. Sprinkle this mixture on top of the potatoes. Cover the dish with foil and place in the oven. Bake for 50 minutes. Remove the foil from the dish and return to the oven for another 15 minutes to allow the breadcrumbs to brown. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 8-10 minutes before serving.