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Broccoli with Bechamel

  • yield: Makes 2 cups

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Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • 2 broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon grated cheddar cheese, (optional)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. In medium pot, bring 2 quarts salted water to a boil; blanch broccoli until tender yet still green in color. Remove with slotted spoon to ice bath until cool; drain and set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, melt butter in small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add flour, and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. While whisking constantly, add milk in a steady stream, and cook until thickened and creamy, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt, and stir in cheese, if desired. Fold broccoli into bechamel sauce.

  3. Step 3

    Center 2-inch ring mold on serving plate. Fill with 1/2 cup broccoli mixture. Remove mold, and serve.

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