This is a recipe that I have been meaning to put on the blog for a while, but it always seems to get moved down the list because I am never sure if it is deemed interesting enough to share online. Particularly so, in the Summer when everyone seems to be eating salads. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good salad and definitely eat less in the Summer, however I do still get a craving for a proper meal at some point during the week. This recipe is very simple, easy to make and even something that you probably don’t need all the instructions, but I wanted to share it as I always enjoy making it and eat it a lot. As you can probably tell it stems from the traditional cauliflower cheese, simple swapping the vegetable for broccoli. In my view, even being a huge cauliflower cheese fan, I think broccoli actually works better as it is a match made in heaven with cheese. I often will eat this by itself, but I find if you do need some carbs and more to your meal, the addition of homemade sweet potato fries is perfect. They always seem so difficult to make, but I can assure you that they are beyond easy. I always add a slight kick to these, as it definitely compliments the flavouring in the bake well. This is a recipe that can be adapted for the seasons, probably more suited to winter most of the time. However, I do think the bake is delicious with a summery salad, and the ideal meal to eat whilst sat outside soaking up the sun which we are amazingly seeing in the UK.
I am a firm believer that your diet in Summer doesn’t have to change all that much. It is all about mixing up what you pair with certain dishes and the scenario in which that you are eating them.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 Hour
Serves: 4 people (2 of us over 2 nights!
2 Medium Broccolis // 1pint Whole Milk // 40g Butter // 40g Plain Flour // 400g Cheddar Cheese, grated // 1 Large Sweet Potato, peeled and cut into chip sizes // 1tbsp Paprika // ½ tsp Chilli Flakes // Olive Oil & Seasoning
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees, 180 fan. Start by preparing the cheese sauce. In a medium sized saucepan on a medium, heat the butter until melted and bubbling. Add a little flour at a time, mixing thoroughly with a whisk. Once it is all added, start to add the milk gradually about 100ml at a time. Whisk in between so it is completely smooth. Turn the heat onto medium-low and let this bubble away until thick. Whilst it is simmering, boil the broccoli in a saucepan for about 6 to 7 minutes. By the time the broccoli is done, the cheese sauce should be too. Drain the broccoli and transfer to the dish that you wish to cook it in. Remove the sauce from the heat and add ¾ of the cheese, a little at a time. Season well, as well as a generous helping of salt onto the broccoli. Pour the sauce over and completely cover. With the remaining cheese, sprinkle evenly over the top. Pop in the oven, as this cooks for one hour.
In a baking tray, drizzle a little oil. Add the sweet potato fries and drizzle with more oil. Sprinkle over the paprika and chilli flakes and mix this all together thoroughly so every potato is covered. When the bake has been in the oven for 15 minutes, pop the fries in too, on the top shelf. These can now cook together for 45 minutes. The fries should be crispy, but still orange, and they bake should be golden and bubbling on the surface.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a minute or two. Serve together, with of without the addition of a few green leaves. Yum, yum, yum!
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