Tick tock, tick tock. Turkey day is around the corner, are you ready? Somehow Thanksgiving just doesn’t seem the same without at least one classic, cheesy gratin. Scalloped potatoes or turnips often make an appearance here, and last year a gratin of fennel was the star. This year my gratin of choice is a creamy brussels sprouts gratin, with sprouts that have been blanched and then baked in a sauce with pancetta, shallots, and Gruyere.
You’ll just have to trust me on this one. Broccoli and apples aren’t two foods that you would expect to find together in a soup, or in anything for that matter. But this soup? It’s sublime. The apple adds a light sweetness and tartness that makes any vegetal bitterness in broccoli disappear. The result is a broccoli lover’s dream, a creamy, full bodied broccoli soup, without any cream!