Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables. It is not a vegetable I remember from growing up in the Southern South. I think that is because Southerners grow a lot of their food and broccoli wasn’t a vegetable that I remember from anyones garden. Later in life, broccoli with cheese sauce became a favorite all over the South. Thinking back now, I remember that as being broccoli and most of the time it was frozen. It was cooked and drained and then covered with a cheese sauce usually made out of Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese Soup. That is exactly how I prepared my Broccoli with Cheese Sauce in the 80’s and 90’s.
However, I started steaming my broccoli in a vegetable steamer in the late 90’s and I like the flavor and texture of it much better. Then I started to realize I thought the steamer was cumbersome. I used an electric steamer and I also used a colander in a pot of boiling water on the stovetop and I kept thinking there just had to be an easier way.
With testing and trials, I have found a quicker way to make the steamed broccoli with the addition of cheese. We had it for lunch yesterday and I wanted to share it with you. I also want to let you know that I am not a fan of frozen broccoli. It just seems squishy to me and I don’t like that texture.
Broccoli with Three Types of Cheese
Two crowns of broccoli cut into smaller pieces
Mozzarella Cheese/Asiago Cheese/Parmesan Cheese
I placed the broccoli in a microwave safe dish with just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. I covered the dish and cooked it on high in the microwave for 10 minutes. (this gives me the same results as the steamer and I can use this as the serving dish)
I removed the broccoli from the microwave and drained it and returned it to the serving dish. I took my cheese grater and grated approximately 1/4 cup of Parmesan Cheese over the top of the broccoli. Then I grated a small amount of the asiago cheese on the broccoli. (Asiago has such a strong flavor that only a small amount is needed) I had about an ounce of mozzarella cheese in the fridge and I grated it over the broccoli too.
I placed the dish back in the microwave for about 20 seconds to melt the cheese.
My husband and I ate all of the broccoli for lunch as it was so tasty. I did not season the broccoli with salt or pepper and could not tell the difference.
If you are looking for an easy way to make Broccoli With Cheese, I think you will enjoy this recipe. You can experiment with different cheeses and find the flavor combination that you like best.
This isn’t close to the Southern Classic that I enjoy eating sometimes but it is a good quick way of preparing broccoli without needing any type of extra equipment.