Friday, May 6, 2011

Roasted Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

This meal went from my google reader screen to my dinner table in about 25 minutes. That is my kind of meal! I was struck with a bad case of bakers block (inability to decide what to bake/cook for a meal) so I turned to the Internet to “inspire” me. This dish was made with ingredients I knew I had on hand and it looked good….So, I made it.

I had never had roasted broccoli before so I wasn’t sure if it was intended to be cooked from frozen or fresh-so I went ½ way and partially thawed the broccoli in the microwave before putting it in the oven to roast. While the broccoli was roasting I made the cheese sauce and fried up some spiral ham slices. When it was all done I called the family in for dinner, got everyone settled with their food and just before I was about to put a bite in my mouth, Boy initiates the following conversation.

“Are you going to style this?” He innocently inquired. 
“Nope. It’s late I’m going to eat this.” I quickly quibbled back.
“Are you sure?” he, asked.
“YOP! Pretty darn.” I responded
“Why aren’t you going to plate this?”
“Because I don’t want to. I want to enjoy a hot dinner with the family tonight.” I retorted as my meal began to cool and I observed the kids licking up the last bites from their bowls. 
“I think you should plate this. I mean it’s all here and ready.” Said Boy resolutely.
“I don’t have anything to style it with.” I responded. “I haven’t put a single thought into styling this dish.”
“I think as a general rule, you should plate everything you make. You never know when you are going to need a picture in a hurry so it’s better to be prepared.”
- Fine -

Day’s like today, when my culinary plans have been foiled. (Teacher appreciation treats will be delivered a week late.) I’m grateful for Boy. For without his wisdom and insight, I’d be up a creek without a post, I mean a paddle, today.  

Roasted Broccoli & Cheese Sauce
with fried ham

4 cups broccoli florets (thawed)
1 tsp kosher salt
3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons flour
 (I used whole wheat)
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

salt and pepper

2 cups milk

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (I used extra sharp)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss broccoli florets, olive oil, and salt together. Spread in a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or just until color is vibrant.
  2. Melt butter in skillet, and whisk in flour. Add spices. Whisk well and cook for 2 – 3 minutes while constantly whisking. Add milk and bring to a boil while whisking. After it boils, let it thicken and then turn burner off. Add cheese and whisk in to melt, remove from burner and don’t bring to a boil again because it may separate.
  3. Spoon over broccoli before serving.



Angela said...

Yum sounds good, but I want to know how you fried the ham? I don't know how to do that.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

That brocolli sounds good. I'm glad that you are able to use the recipe for the almost nutri-grain bars! Thanks for stopping by and have a good one.

Apron Appeal said...

Angela, the ham is easy. (just don't use lunch meat-it's gotta be a thicker slice) All I did was warm a non-stick skillet to medium heat and then I threw the ham slices on the warmed skillet and fried them up- kind of like bacon except ham is leaner so you may need a little olive oil so they don't scorch or stick.

Unknown said...

Funny story! I can relate - sometimes a girl just wants to dig in!! Your comment about not slashing your bread (over on my blog) had me cracking up! I agree it is scary to cut up your beautiful little dough ball after so many hours of careful handling. lol ♥- Katrina

Sarah said...

Oh my, looks delish! Can't go wrong with ham :)

Shawnda said...

I can totally relate. We've had the same conversation over and over and over. There are some dishes I decide beforehand that I'm not going to blog... because then I can just throw it in a bowl and go!

Cheryl and Adam @ said...

Hooray for Boy! We all need someone to keep us on the beam right? Besides, what's another cold dinner in service of a blog post! God only knows how many cold or warmed over meals we've had! Your recipe looks delicious. We roast broccoli often, it seems to bring out a depth of flavor Adam really enjoys. That is positively mouthwatering. BTW Adam says in reference to your post on our blog that there's not a lot you can do about chocolate glaze except move around until you get a reflection you can endure. "Some things you just have to live with" according to him. Love the name of your blog, too, very evocative!

Unknown said...

I love this! It's so good! I'm making it again tonight!! Yum!!!
Fried cheese cubes

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