My little man is a fan of his broccoli. I had some leftover from last week, so I decided to put it to good use before it went bad. I've never made a cheese sauce before. Mostly because when I think of cheese sauce I'm reminded of the kind that comes in a can that you spray on crackers. Do they still make that nasty stuff? I have nothing against artery clogging food, but I prefer mine to not be served in a spray can and taste like plastic. I told Baby J that his broccoli would make his muscles grow, and the whole time he was eating this he was yelling: "Look, my muscles are growing!" I'm so glad I have a two year old.
Broccoli and Cheese Sauce
Adapted from Paula Deen's: My First Cookbook and a Whole Foods Market recipe
- 1 bunch broccoli, and 3 stems washed
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 T. butter
- 2 T. unbleached white flour
- 1 tsp. dijon mustard
- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup 1% milk
Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in flour, mustard powder and salt to taste. Gradually stir in milk and/or sour cream, whisking over med-low heat until thickened. Add cheese, stirring until completely melted. Don't overcook or the cheese will become stringy. Make this dish right before you serve it.
Put broccoli into serving bowl and pour cheese sauce on top.