Broccoli Trees with Cheese Dipping Sauce
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Serves: 2-4
  • 1 head of broccoli (about 1.5 pounds), cut into florets
  • 1 TBS olive or or unsalted butter
  • 1 TBS all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • ⅓ tsp garlic powder
  • -1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (reduced fat optional)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Steam the broccoli until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside, uncovered.
  2. While the broccoli is steaming, heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk constantly until smooth, about 2 minutes. Whisk the milk, mustard, and garlic powder slowly into the flour mixture. Raise the heat and bring to a low boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer and stir gently until the moisture thickens, about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until it melts. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve with broccoli.
Recipe by Maryann Jacobsen at