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Friday, November 18, 2016

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Cheese Sauce

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Finlandia™ . The opinions and text are all mine.

Put this Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Cheese Sauce on your holiday menu this year! New Finlandia™ Creamy Gourmet Cheese elevates "broccoli and cheese" to a whole new "gourmet" level!

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Cheese Sauce

For me, the holidays are all about finding ways to make ordinary food extraordinary! There are many reasons to have quick and easy, yet elegant, recipes on hand for this time of year. This is one of those recipes.

What makes this simple broccoli with cheese sauce so special? 

  • First, the broccoli is roasted in the oven! Flavors are enhanced by simply roasting vegetables in the oven, as opposed to boiling or steaming. Broccoli is no exception.
  • Second, the roasted broccoli is topped with a garlicky cheese sauce. The easy, 2-ingredient garlicky cheese sauce is made possible with new Finlandia™ Black Garlic Gourmet Cheese.
  Now, you have just taken the ordinary to the extraordinary!

    Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Cheese Sauce

    I was delighted to hear Finlandia™ now offers a selection of creamy gourmet cheeses in the cheese section of my grocery store.  If you remember, I shared a fabulous recipe for Cinnamon Walnut Shortbread Cookies made with Finlandia™ Premium Imported Butter earlier this month. I fell in love with Finlandia™ butter, so I knew Finlandia™ creamy gourmet cheese would be awesome. And I was right!

    Like Finlandia™ Premium Imported Butter, Findlandia™ Creamy Gourmet Cheese is made with the purest milk from Finnish family-owned farms. It has no added hormones nor artificial ingredients. All Finlandia™ cheeses are made to uncompromising standards and they are made with only the purest ingredients. Finlandia ™ has been in this business for over 100 years and all that experience gives their products that unmistakable legendary taste!  Finlandia™ Creamy Gourmet Cheeses are available in 5 varieties: Black garlic; Garden Dill; Classic; Vanilla Bean and Sweet Lemon.

    I used Finlandia™ Black Garlic Creamy Gourmet Cheese in this recipe. (I think the Sweet Lemon variety would be delicious too!) It's creamy, flavorful, and honestly, a cheese spread that can stand on it's own on a cheese platter or as a snack. But, I wanted to take this product one step further and incorporate it into a side dish recipe that was easy to prepare, yet elegant enough for special occasions.

    Ready to cook?

    Start preparation by arranging fresh broccoli florets on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper, then roast in oven until tender.

    Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Cheese Sauce

    While the broccoli is in the oven, make the garlic cheese sauce by combining Finlandia ™ Black Garlic Creamy Gourmet Cheese with milk or half-and-half in a small sauce pan. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, as the cheese melts into a sauce.

    Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Cheese Sauce

    Arrange roasted broccoli in serving dish and pour the garlic cheese sauce on top.  Garnish with a few sliced almonds and you are done!  That's it! 

    So easy!  So pretty!  So tasty! 

    Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Cheese Sauce

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    Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Cheese Sauce

    A serving bowl of fresh roasted broccoli florets smothered in creamy garlic cheese sauce topped with sliced almonds is destined to become a family favorite.

    Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Cheese Sauce

    Renee Paj
    Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Cheese Sauce
    Fresh roasted broccoli florets smothered in garlic creamy garlic cheese and topped with sliced almonds. It's destined to become a family favorite side dish.

    Ingredients

    • 2 heads of fresh broccoli, cut into florets.
    • 1 TBS olive oil
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 7 oz. Finlandia ™ Black Garlic Creamy Gourmet Cheese
    • 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
    • 2 TBS roasted, sliced almonds (optional)

    Instructions

    1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment.
    2. Arrange florets on baking sheet, leaving space between each one. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper.
    3. Roast in oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until broccoli is tender to your liking.
    4. While broccoli is roasting, combine Finlandia ™ Black Garlic Creamy Gourmet Cheese and milk or half-and-half in a small sauce pan. Heat over med heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted into the milk or half-and-half.
    5. Place roasted broccoli in serving dish, drizzle with cheese sauce, and sprinkle top with sliced almonds, if using.
      Serve immediately.
    Yield: 6 servings
    Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
    Cook time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.
    Total time: 30 mins.

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