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broccoli gratin in a baking dish for Thanksgiving
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Broccoli au Gratin with Bacon

Broccoli Gratin with Bacon is a creamy and cheesy holiday side dish that is quick and easy to make, with only 7 ingredients. It's both a low carb and gluten-free side that will brighten your table! 

Course:Side Dish
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings 12
Calories335 kcal
Cost $1.33 per person


  • oven
  • mixer


  • 32 oz broccoli florets
  • 16 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup Carnation® Lactose-Free Evaporated Milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 bacon strips cooked and chopped
  • 3 cups white cheddar cheese shredded ( or any other melting cheese of choice)


  • Place broiler rack about 8 inches from the source of heat. Then, preheat conventional oven at 400 F. Spray a medium baking dish with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  • Place broccoli in a microwave safe bowl with about 6 tbsp water, cover with a plate, and cook on high for about 3-4 minutes or until tender but firm. Drain! Arrange broccoli into the baking dish.
  • Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, milk, salt, and garlic powder until smooth. Mix in bacon and half of the cheddar cheese. Pour mixture over the broccoli.
  • Then, sprinkle the other half of the cheddar on top. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Next, press the broil button and let broil for about 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown. Sprinkle with fresh oregano if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • You can make this broccoli gratin one day ahead, cover, and place in the fridge until it's time to bake and serve. 
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 30 days, but be aware that cream cheese sauce may separate and crumble. 
  • To decrease the chances of this, use a full-fat cream cheese. 
  • If desired, stir cooked onion and pepper into the cream cheese mixture to make it even tastier. 
  • This broccoli gratin calls for no flour and, unlike other gratin recipes, doesn't require you make a mornay sauce.   


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1267IU | Vitamin C: 67mg | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 1mg
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