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.