This classic side dish is quick and easy. Steaming for the appropriate time ensures the broccoli is properly crisp-tender.
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extrasharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 pounds broccoli florets (about 9 cups)
How to Make It
Place flour in a medium saucepan. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat 2 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and thickened, stirring constantly. Cook 1 additional minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add cheeses, mustard, salt, pepper, and thyme, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Keep warm.
Add water to a large saucepan to a depth of 1 inch; set a large vegetable steamer in pan. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add broccoli to steamer. Steam broccoli, covered, 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Serve broccoli immediately with sauce.
Excellent! I was pleasantly surprised after the mixed reviews. I used Vermont Cheddar, but not fresh parmesean -- I only had the kind that sprinkles out of the green can so that is what I used. Skipped the fresh thyme because I didn't have any. Also, I kept it warm by letting the bowl of sauce sit in a bowl of very warm water as the broccoli cooked. There was very little left over, but I didn't have any problem with it separating as another reviewer did. Easy and very flavorful!
This is an easy recipe and cheese makes everything better! I made it as a side for a dinner party and didn't want to worry about making the cheese sauce when I had 8 million other last-minute things to attend to, so I made the sauce earlier in the day and just rewarmed it in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water as I steamed the broccoli. Worked out great.
The sauce is awesome, and goes well with the broccoli. I usually add whatever spices/herbs strike my fancy, sometimes garlic, sometimes italian seasoning. And I add extra cheddar, but of the low fat sort, so the calories are similar.
It doesn't keep well, though, (it seperates into layers, how annoying) so make a single batch at most.
I serve this as a side dish for barbequed chicken (my sauce recipe is from this website) or honey mustard chicken (a recipe I got from a cookbook). Compliments both well.
My sister, who hates broccoli, likes the sauce on rice. She says putting it on broccoli is a waste of the delicious sauce. It's a good all purpose cheese sauce. But like I said it doesn't keep well, so make it the day you use it, and consider making only half a batch if your dinner crowd is small.