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SANDRA'S STEAMED BROCCOLI with HOMEMADE CHEDDAR CHEESE SAUCE

When I created this recipe I was jumping for joy,
as it's guaranteed to be perfectly cooked and appropriately sauced
with just the right amount of cheese sauce every time...
Servings: (2)
Prep: 1 Min. |
Steam: 4 Mins.

Posted by Sandra

INGREDIENTS

***Steamed Broccoli
1 bunch of broccoli, cut into florets
pinch of onion powder
pinch of garlic powder
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

***Cheese Sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

METHOD

Place broccoli florets in a heatproof and microwave safe bowl, along with 2 tablespoons of water. Lightly sprinkle with onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover with two damp paper towels folded in half, and microwave for 3 minutes on high. Give the broccoli florets a toss, and then microwave for 1 more minute on high, or until your desired crisp-tenderness (I prefer mine with a bit of tooth to it ;)...

Meanwhile, place a small saucepan over medium heat and melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and continue cooking and whisking for 1 minute to cook out the flour flavor out (do not let roux brown). Continually whisk in the milk into mixture just until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and using a spoon, stir in the sharp cheddar cheese. Add kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste. At this point, check sauce for your desired consistency, and add more milk to thin, or more cheese to thicken, if needed.

Drain the broccoli of any remaining water, and then drizzle the cheese sauce over the top, and serve your vibrant broccoli topped with cheddar cheese sauce immediately ~ Enjoy!


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Tip:  This recipe is great to use to prepare steamed asparagus and cauliflower as well, and of course topped with the cheddar cheese sauce.

3 comments:

sandra said...

This is so quick to make using the microwave to steam the broccoli, and the color remains vibrant green, and the broccoli is steamed to perfection! The cheddar cheese sauce is a wonderful addition ;-)

Anonymous said...

Great cheese sauce! I added some ground mustard (about 1/2 tsp, I'll add more next time). The consistency and proportions in this recipe are great. Thanks :)

sandra said...

Thank you, I'll have to give the ground mustard addition a try :) I also add turmeric, which is a great spice with healthful benefits, and it also adds vibrant yellow color, btw...

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