Béchamel Sauce (White Sauce)

Sauces, like stocks, are the springboard of enriched cooking. Can you imagine Eggs Benedict without a Hollandaise sauce or spaghetti without a Tomato sauce? It would be like hamburgers without the condiments – just a big hunk of grilled ground meat and a bun. Sure, kids might like their food plain, but as adults, we appreciate foods that are rich in textures, flavors and aromas. At least I do. A good sauce shouldn’t mask the food but rather lift it up in a celebration of the senses. I have said this before, and I shall say it again – I adore French cooking.

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Creamy Cheese Sauce for Steamed Vegetables

If my guys had it their way, we’d never ever eat broccoli without my creamy cheese sauce. Whenever I do make my sauce, Kiddo likes to dip everything on his plate in the velvety golden liquid. I like the sauce, too. Unlike my guys, I like broccoli – steamed, raw, on a vegetable platter – makes no difference. I like broccoli.

Tonight I’m making one of Kiddo’s favorite meals. I’ve shared my Baked Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Rice recipe with you before. It’s one of those gotta have broccoli in a cheese sauce kind of casserole meals. That got me to thinking – sauces deserve their own moment in the spot light, don’t you think? This sauce would work for just about any steamed vegetable – from asparagus to zucchini.

Cheese Sauce for Steamed Vegetables
2 Tablespoons Butter
¼ Cup Finely Chopped Onions
1/2 Cup Milk
½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
½ Teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup Processed Cheese Loaf such as Velveeta

Melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and saute until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cheeses. Return to heat, season with salt and pepper. Cook until mixture thickens and beginning to bubble. Stir in milk slowly, blend well. Simmer, stirring often, until ready to use.

Steam vegetable of your choice. Place steamed vegetables in a rimmed platter or serving bowl. Pour sauce over vegetable and serve.

The sauce works amazingly well with Green Giant Steamer Vegetables. These steam in their bag in the microwave for perfect vegetables every time.

Green Giant Broccoli

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