3 tablespoons butter
8 cups broccoli florets, blanched
2 cups half and half
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup grated parmesan
3 garlic cloves
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 cup bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. With 1 tablespoon of the butter, grease the inside of a medium-size baking dish. Place the broccoli in the dish.
In a small sauce pan, melt the remaining butter and whisk in the flour. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until thick and golden. Add the half and half, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes and whisk until thick. Remove pan from the heat and stir in all but 2 tablespoons of the parmesan.
Pour the béchamel over the broccoli and toss gently to combine. Top with the bread crumbs and remaining parmesan.
Bake for 40 minutes. Allow to rest before serving.