One of my fav restaurants in Outback Steak House. I love the simplicity and the bold flavors. At a recent trip I ordered a side of broccoli and cheese with my steak and holy moly! It was sodanggood! Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables – but I know many have an aversion to it. Well I’m here to tell you that if you add this simple cheese sauce to your broccoli – you will be converted!
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The base of this recipe is a ridiculously easy cheese sauce. You start by making a roux, add a little milk, add a few spices and some cheddar and you’re done! I like to use the broccolini in this dish, because it adds a gourmet touch – but regular broccoli works just as well. I recently discovered that Costco sells broccolini, so that is what I’ve been buying.
The seasoning blend in the recipe really packs a punch. They bring this dish up a notch from broccoli with cheese to cheesy delicious broccoli. Serving them in individual casserole dishes is also a nice touch that makes dinner time extra special. Like I said, the sauce is spiced, so if you or your family is sensitive to the spices, feel free to reduce the amounts.
I was recently turned on to the Tillamook farmstyle cut shreds. I’ve always been a Tillamook fan – I’m partial to the white chocolate yum ice cream, so I was so excited when I saw these in the deli aisle.
I hope you’ll try this restaurant quality side dish this week!
- 1 head broccoli cleaned and chopped into florets
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- shredded cheddar cheese for topping
In a saucepan melt butter. Add flour and whisk until combined. Cook until fragrant.
Add whipping cream and milk, continue to whisk until thickened.
Add 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese and spices, whisk until cheese is melted.
Meanwhile blanch your broccoli and drain.
Pour cheese sauce over broccoli
Transfer broccoli to small oven safe dishes. Top with shredded cheese.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.