Andrew Zimmern told how he elevated the side, saying, “I made a little roux, put in the cheese, put in some hot milk, a little bit of nutmeg, and then poured it over the broccoli.” A traditional roux is a mixture of fat and flour that thickens into a tasty sauce (think béchamel or using a roux as an agent to stews). But before you start, be aware of the biggest roux mistake people make before attempting to stir one up yourself!
Depending on your preferences, you can get creative with different spices and cheese ratios. Seasonings like paprika, garlic powder, and freshly ground pepper can go a long way with a cheesy broccoli dish. And here’s a pro tip from Zimmern: save your leftover cheese from charcuterie boards in the freezer for times like these when you are craving a cheesy dish.