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Old 10-27-2008, 06:08 PM   #1
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Broccoli and Cheese...

How do you guys make yours - do you use Velveeta? I just bought a HUGE bag at Costco and am looking for different ways to make it...
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:11 PM   #2
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Velveeta is fairly carby. I use regular cheddar with some butter and heavy cream to make a sauce.
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yummm, broccole. how 'bout cheesey or creamy broccoli soup. loaded broccoli. raw in salad or w dip. stirfry w your fav protein (garlic, fresh ginger, soysauce...). my fav is lightly steamed and dipped in a mix of mayo and yogurt or sour cream. makes a great midday snack. broccoli is my favorite vegetable and there is rarely a day i don't have some.
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I've found that the Birdseye and Green Giant frozen cauliflower and broccoli with cheese sauce is good. Even though the packages are labled "low fat" The carb count isn't too bad. In the past I would bring in a package for lunch heated up in the micro.
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I just use cheddar cheese, cream and little butter.

I just bought a big bag of broccoli at Costco too!!! 1 thing I do with broccoli is make shrimp scampi and pour it over the steamed broccoli. It soaks up the sauce and it's so good!
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:12 AM   #6
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Velveeta is fairly carby. I use regular cheddar with some butter and heavy cream to make a sauce.
that's a great idea! thanks!
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:25 AM   #7
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thanks everyone - that is good to know that Velveeta has alot of carbs, I will try a sauce with cream butter and cheddar - sounds a heck of alot better anyway!!!
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yummm, broccole. how 'bout cheesey or creamy broccoli soup. loaded broccoli. raw in salad or w dip. stirfry w your fav protein (garlic, fresh ginger, soysauce...). my fav is lightly steamed and dipped in a mix of mayo and yogurt or sour cream. makes a great midday snack. broccoli is my favorite vegetable and there is rarely a day i don't have some.
That sounds good, Jem. I'ts my fave too, I have broccoli almost every day.

I don't eat Velveeta, Wend. too salty/processed/carby for me. My broccoli usually just has lots of butter and parm cheese on it and I overcook it mmm
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The classic way to make a sauce is of course to employ a roux. Tradition made using a small amount of flower, I'll often just the flour anyway. You can substitute arrowroot or konjac flour as a thickening agent, but they won't emulsify like a roux based on flour. Heat equal parts butter and flour in a pan, a tablespoon of each will make a fairly large amount of cheese sauce. Use very low heat, stirring until it starts to bubble and change color. Add a bit of milk and grated cheese slowly, start with a half cup of each and add more cheese or milk to desired thickness.

This will probably me enough cheese sauce for a pound or two of brocolli. If you don't employ a roux, you may find that it is difficult to keep and maintain the cheese in a smooth and even mixture in the sauce. You can store extra in the fridge, and microwave later.

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I love broccoli & I love cheese....

yet the combination of the two i find revolting. Go figure!!! Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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My favorite sauce for Broccoli (and cauliflower too) is with cream cheese, some fresh grated parmesan, salt, black pepper, red pepper and garlic. Usually I just throw the stuff together and zap it in the microwave then pour it alllllll over, it's delicious!!
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make a cheese sauce w cream cheese instead of roux.....melt it on low heat then add chedder and season. use parmesan for italian style. you can add a bit of the broccoli steaming water or broth if it's too thick.
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Lately I've been cooking broccoli until done to my liking and then draining any excess water / liquid. Add a couple of tablespoons each of butter and sour cream to the pan and put the lid back on for a minute or two until melted. Stir to coat broccoli and top with bacon if you like.


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I've never tried just broccoli with cheese but I really like this casserole:



CHEESY BROCCOLI CASSEROLE
14-16 ounce package frozen broccoli florets
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
4 green onions, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 pieces bacon, chopped and fried until crisp

Cook the broccoli 4-5 minutes or just until tender-crisp; drain very well. Put in a greased 2-quart casserole. Mix in the cream cheese, cheddar, green onion, salt, pepper and bacon. Bake at 350║ for 20-30 minutes, until bubbly.

Makes 4-6 servings
Can be frozen

Per 1/4 Recipe: 278 Calories; 22g Fat; 14g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 4g Net Carbs
Per 1/6 Recipe: 185 Calories; 15g Fat; 10g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 3g Net Carbs
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Lately I've been cooking broccoli until done to my liking and then draining any excess water / liquid. Add a couple of tablespoons each of butter and sour cream to the pan and put the lid back on for a minute or two until melted. Stir to coat broccoli and top with bacon if you like.


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I've taken to steaming my broccoli, the crowns retain too much water for my liking when boiled. You can still do the butter and sour cream finish.
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I just use cheddar cheese, cream and little butter.

I just bought a big bag of broccoli at Costco too!!! 1 thing I do with broccoli is make shrimp scampi and pour it over the steamed broccoli. It soaks up the sauce and it's so good!
Now that sounds really good. Have not thought about using brocolli like that, and shrimp, yes sounds very tasty.
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I've taken to steaming my broccoli, the crowns retain too much water for my liking when boiled. You can still do the butter and sour cream finish.
I always micro mine, drain, and then add some butter, a little cream, and sharp cheddar cheese spread. I then put into a baking dish, bake just until hot, and top with crushed durkee french fried onion.
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:49 PM   #18
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I'm so happy i found out that velveeta only has 2 carbs
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the cheesy broccoli casserole looks wonderful Linda Sue - thank you!!!
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I'm so happy i found out that velveeta only has 2 carbs
It actually has closer to 3 carbs per ounce. A pound of Velveeta has 44 carbs compared to 6 carbs for a pound of cheddar cheese. That's a HUGE difference.
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