Crispy Broccoli Dippers and Cheese Sauce

Crispy Broccoli Dippers & Jalepeno Cheese Sauce

I was a tiny bit disturbed by this week’s BSI ingredient. Broccoli doesn’t usually find its way into my cart. It’s not that I hate it. At one time it was a favorite. For a couple of years I ate broccoli almost every day, sometimes twice a day. I think it was a lifetime’s worth of broccoli for the average person. When this long broccoli binge wore off I never wanted to look at broccoli again. But I must admit I really enjoyed eating these cornflake encased broccoli dippers – the perfect vessel for the thick and creamy, spicy cheese sauce.

To make them the broccoli ‘trees’ are dipped into egg and then into cornflake crumbs and baked rather than fried. I like to leave some of the stalk on for holding on to when you dip. While the trees are cooking make the cheese sauce. The jalapeno is very mild, you can grill it first to bring out a little more heat or omit it all together.

This week’s BSI (Blogger Secret Ingredient) is broccoli, chosen and hosted by the very sweet Chaya of Chaya’s Comfy Cook. Chaya is fairly new to blogging. If you haven’t paid her a visit stop by and say hi. She has been cooking up a storm of delicious food.

Crispy Broccoli Dippers & Jalepeno Cheese Sauce

Crispy Broccoli Dippers and Cheese Sauce
(by Reeni)

Fresh broccoli (about 1 and 1/2 pounds)
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
Sea salt and fresh pepper
2/3 cup cornflake crumbs

Cheese Sauce:

1 jalepeno, minced, seeds and ribs removed
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
2/3 cup whole milk
8 ounces extra sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded or cubed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Wash and dry the broccoli. Cut the broccoli head apart into stalks. In a small bowl whisk the egg and milk. Season with salt and pepper. In another small bowl add the cornflake crumbs. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray. Dip the ends of the broccoli into the eggs and then into the cornflake crumbs one by one. Set on baking sheet. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until crispy and broccoli is tender.

While the broccoli is baking start the cheese sauce. In a small saucepan saute the jalepeno and garlic in a bit of olive oil until soft and tender. Season with salt and pepper. Add the butter, melt and add the flour. Whisk until well combined. Let cook for about two minutes. Slowly whisk in milk. Bring just to a simmer and then add half the cheese. Whisk until melted and add the rest of the cheese. Whisk again until all the cheese is melted and sauce starts to thicken, about 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and season again with salt and pepper if needed. Remove from heat and serve with the crispy broccoli.

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  1. Kelly says

    Those are incredibly cute dippers. In fact, you had me at the word dipper. I love how you gave them a crispy crown. Yum!

  2. Jenn says

    That's such a clever idea. I love it. I could just eat these and be happy. Now I'm craving for broccoli with some cheese sauce.

  3. lk (Healthy Deliciou says

    omg Reeni, those are too cute!! I'm not a huge fan of broccoli either… it was my Mom's favorite so we ate it a TON growing up.

  4. girlichef says

    Isn't that funny…ditto on the broccoli habit here! These look great…I can just taste that sauce with those crunch little trees…YUM!

  5. Chow and Chatter says

    these look great my daughter loves broccoli great finger food for little ones, thanks so much for telling her about the challenge Rebecca

  6. KennyT says

    I love broccoli but have never tried to deep fried one. They look yum, and am sure the cheese sauce pairs well with them.

  7. says

    What a clever way to make broccoli. You have the most interesting recipes. I have had fun making them. Thanks for adding to the BSI and for you most kind comments, introducing me. I do want to meet our other food bloggers. I am enjoying finding new blogs and new recipes.I appreciate your help and good food.

  8. Wandering Coyote says

    I used to eat a ton of broccoli, too, and have since gone off of it. I also don't like how it tastes reheated, as in a left over stirfry. Still, these look really good!

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