RECIPE VIDEO ABOVE. This is the broccolli version of Cauliflower Cheese! Tender broccoli smothered in a creamy garlic-parmesan cheese sauce which is pretty much the one I use for everybody's favoure Mac and Cheese. It's nice and saucy, rather than being stodgy and so thick you can cut into it like cake, so there's extra cheese sauce to spoon over once served.
Course: Bake, Vegetable
Cuisine: French influence
Servings: 4as main, 8 as side
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats
600g / 1.2 lb broccoli florets, small to medium (2 large heads, Note 1)
Mix Topping ingredients in a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until it smells incredible.
Add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
While whisking, slowly pour in half the milk. Once fully incorporated, whisk in the remaining milk plus the chicken broth.
Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, whisking every now and then and more towards the end, until the sauce thickens so that it coats the back of a wooden spoon and when you draw your finger across it, the path stays (see video).
Turn off heat, add cheeses, stir in (don't worry if it doesn't melt fully). Then do a taste test and add a bit of salt if required.
Add broccoli and stir well to coat.
Pour into a casserole dish, pat down to fill. Sprinkle over Topping, cover with foil then bake for 25 minutes.
Remove foil and bake for a further 20 minutes until the topping is deep golden and the broccoli is tender.
Stand for 5 minutes before serving.
1. You'll need around 1 kg / 2 lb of broccoli with stalks to get 600 g of florets. It's around 8 cups (imagine piling them into a pack and squishing in). Cut / break florets the same size to ensure even cooking, around 4-5cm / 1.5 - 2" long with the thickest part of the stem no wider than 1cm/ 2/5", otherwise it might not cook through properly.2. Or tasty, gruyere, monterey jack, pepper jack or other melting cheese of choice other than mozzarella. IMPORTANT: Use freshly grated. Store bought grated has anti caking agents and give the sauce a slight powdery feel.3. General: * Sauce consistency: The Sauce thins slightly once baked due to liquid leached by the broccoli. So make the consistency of the sauce in the pot slightly thicker than what you want the end result to be. * The broccoli in this casserole is cooked to tender. If you are partial to tender crisp broccoli, then steam the broccoli first until it is just under tender crisp, steam dry to remove excess water from florets. Cook the cheese sauce slightly longer so it is quite thick, stir through broccoli etc, then bake UNCOVERED for just 20 - 25 minutes until top is golden. * This will serve 5 to 6 generously, or 8 to 10 as part of a larger menu.4. Nutrition per serving, assuming 6 servings. It's a generous serving for a side - a heaped cup. Originally published May 2015, post updated with new words, new photos and recipe video added. Recipe slightly tidied up but is fundamentally the same recipe, but here is the old recipe just in case it's what you're after.