My Broccoli and Hash Brown Au Gratin

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There are days when you come home from work and you need to make something good out of the things you have in your refrigerator.  Today was one of those days and after taking inventory of what I had in my refregirator I came up with this.  A broccoli and hash brown au gratin.

1 large head of fresh broccoli trimmed and cut into pieces
1 stick of butter
1/2 half of a medium onion diced
1/4 cup of flour
3 cups of milk
8 oz shredded hash browns
2 tablespoons  salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 tsb ground thyme
1/4 tsb oregano
1/4 tsb garlic powder
1/4 tsb onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bring a pot of water to boil.  Add the broccoli and cook until tender but still firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a colander, rinse under cold water and drain well.  In a large pan, melt the stick of butter over medium heat. Cook the onions until soft.  Stir in the flour until thickened into roux, about 4 minutes.  Add  salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, garli powder, onion powder, and red pepper until the mixture thickens, about 4 minutes. Bring to a simmer and add the cheese until the cheese is melted. Remove from the heat.  Place broccoli into casserole dish, pour cheese sauce into broccoli and mix well together.  Sprinkle hash browns over the top.  Place in oven and bake until golden brown. 

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