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Steamed Broccoli with Cheddar Sauce


Our rendition of this classic combination gives it a more sophisticated flavor, but one that will still satisfy kids who want cheese on everything.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, March 2004


  • 1 1/4 pounds broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Steam broccoli; transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until foamy. Whisk in flour; cook, whisking, until mixture darkens slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add mustard and milk; simmer, whisking, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Stir in cheese until just melted; season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over broccoli; serve.


For an Asian-style sauce, in a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil. Season with coarse salt and ground pepper.

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