This is a place for me to track recipes we try. Sometimes we like the recipe, sometimes we do not, and sometimes only one or two members of our family like the recipe. I try to cook from scratch and we try to avoid processed foods. As such some of the recipes I post can sometimes be a little time consuming. I also try to buy and cook with locally grown organic products. I am willing to pay a little more to achieve this goal. If I can't find local organic I buy locally produced foods and then organic foods from elsewhere. I'm a big supporter of the "eat local" idea. I do belong to 2 different CSA's here in Utah, I buy from Crossroads Urban Center's food co-op, and I am a frequent shopper at local farmer's markets.
I love broccoli with cheese. I don't think I've ever passed up the dish or the soup. There is just something about it that draws me to it. However I usually have or are served a mixture of glop with cheese when it comes to broccoli with cheese sauce. The frozen versions are not worth purchasing even if they are free. Well lucky for me Cook's Country made a dish that far exceeds my expectations in broccoli with cheese sauce. An added bonus is it was really quite easy to make. Yes it takes longer than the frozen version but the taste is so far superior I don't think you could ever eat the frozen version again.
Broccoli with Cheese Sauce
Cook's Country Magazine Feb./March 2011
2 pounds broccoli, florets cut into 1 inch pieces, stems peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 teaspoons all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Adjust oven rack to lower middle position, place rimmed baking sheet on rack, and heat oven to 450 degrees.
After 15 minutes, toss broccoli, oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Arrange broccoli in single layer on hot baking sheet. Bake until spotty brown, 15 to 18 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking.
Meanwhile, melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, mustard, and cayenne and cook, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in half and half and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Off heat, whisk in Monterey Jack and cheddar, until smooth. Stir in Parmesan until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sauce over broccoli.