My husband absolutely loves brocolli. Loves it. But, he also loves cheese and prosciutto (did I ever tell you how we smuggled a hunk of prosciutto home from Italy? I was sure we were going to be caught!) In any case, I decided to combine his 3 favourite things as a side dish one night. Forget about healthy, this is a delightlfully sinful way to eat one of my favourite veggies.
- 1.5 lb broccoli, cut from the stalk on an angle with the stalk sliced into similar sized pieces
- 4 oz prosciutto, sliced into small strips
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup aged white cheddar cheese
- freshly ground pepper and sea salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
In a frying pan over medium-high heat, fry the prosciutto until it’s crisped to your liking. Reserve on a paper towel to remove excess grease.
In a large pot with a steamer insert, bring water to a boil. When it starts to steam, add the broccoli and steam until tender, about 7 – 10 minutes. Remove from heat when easily pierced with a fork and season to taste.
In another pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Gradually whisk in the flour until it forms a smooth roux and darkens a bit. Lower the heat, and whisk in the milk gradually. When everything is smooth, lower the heat until the saice begins to thicken a bit. Add the cheese gradually, along with a pinch of pepper, salt and some nutmeg to taste.
Serve the brocolli smothered in the cheese sauce and top with the crispy prosciutto.