I think I would have to say that broccoli is my favorite vegetable to serve because almost everybody likes it. Add a little Irish cheddar sauce to it and you will make it unforgettable.
1 head broccoli, florets only
3 pieces bacon
1 ½ tablespoons flour
¾ cup of Irish beer such as Murphy’s Irish Red, (not a heavy Guinness)
1 cup Irish cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
kosher salt and pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the broccoli and cook to al dente. Remove and drain and put in a medium sized bowl.
Meanwhile, in a medium sized saute pan, on medium heat, cook the bacon to crisp. Remove the bacon and drain. Break the bacon into 1 inch pieces and set aside.
Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings in the pan. On medium heat, add the flour and whisk until incorporated. Cook for 1 minute to cook the flour. Turn the heat to medium-high heat and add the beer and whisk well. Add the cheddar cheese and brown sugar and whisk until fully incorporated. Add the milk and stir. Continue cooking until the sauce gets slightly thick. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and pour over the broccoli. Garnish with bacon pieces.
Skinnytip! Use low-fat cheese and you can omit the bacon garnish on the top.