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Broccoli with Cheese and Toasted Almonds

Broccoli with Cheese and Toasted Almonds

Photo of Broccoli with Cheese and Toasted Almonds © Diana Rattray
This dish is a quick and easy way to serve fresh broccoli, and it takes just minutes to prepare and cook. I like the buttery toasted almonds from the microwave, but you can cut back on some of the fat by dry-toasting them in a skillet. Instructions for both methods are below the recipe.

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese or a Cheddar blend
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds (instructions below)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons butter, if toasting almonds in the microwave

Preparation:

Trim the broccoli and lightly pare large stems. Cut stems lengthwise in quarters. Separate very large florets. Put the broccoli in a saucepan with about 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the thickest stems are tender. Remove from heat and drain. In a serving dish, layer the hot drained broccoli with the shredded cheese and toasted almonds. See instructions for toasting the slivered almonds below.
How To Toast Slivered Almonds:
Skillet: Put the slivered almonds in a dry skillet and cook over medium heat. Keep moving and turning the almonds until they are browned and aromatic. This will take 2 to 3 minutes.

Microwave: Put the almonds in a microwave safe dish with 2 to 3 teaspoons of butter. Microwave on 100% power for about 3 minutes, stirring a few times during cooking time.

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