I loved my Mums cheese sauce growing up – a simple mixture of ingredients that greatly elevated any humble vegetable on our plates. It happens to be one of my kids favorite sauces also, and we are all delighted when it appears on a menu.
BROCCOLI WITH CHEDDAR CHEESE SAUCE
1 pound of broccoli, cut into florets
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup cream
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard mixed with 1/2 tablespoon water
6 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
Cook broccoli until crisp tender. Transfer to a platter.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk over moderately high heat for 2 minutes. Add the milk and cream and cook, whisking, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the mustard and cheese and cook over moderately low heat until the cheese is melted. Season the sauce with salt, transfer to a bowl and serve with the broccoli.
Recipe adapted from Food and Wine, August 2007