Grilled Broccoli with Blue Cheese and Krispies has a Rice Krispie topping which is a great way to eat your veggies. A creamy rich cheese sauce and seasoned broccoli are topped with crunchy Rice Krispies.
One way to get most kids to eat vegetables is to either roast them or bury them in cheese. Neither of these methods ever worked for me but maybe you will have more luck. I am blessed with a love of vegetables regardless of what you add to them. My kids on the other hand do not share this love. As they are getting older they are becoming more tolerant though, so maybe one day. This dish has cheese, grilled broccoli and Rice Krispies. My hope was that the Rice Krispies would make it irrisistable. It worked in a way.
This dish takes a little more time and has several steps but it’s worth the effort. It’s a great company dish or one to impress your family. A thick creamy blue cheese sauce is poured on the serving platter and the broccoli is placed on top allowing each person to decide if they want to smoother the broccoli with sauce or just have a drizzle of it. I like blue cheese but it can be overpowering so I used a milder brand.
You par broil the broccoli and then put it on the grill to give it a nice charred flavor. A dressing of vinegar, mustard and harissa is mixed with the broccoli to make it a little more interesting.
Finally the crowning touch, Rice Krispies that have been toasted and seasoned with the sauce. The toasted Rice Krispies were so amazing that I had a hard time keeping any around to sprinkle on the dish. When this all comes together it is fabulous.
While Mike and I absolutely loved this dish, Natalie not so much. It’s still broccoli after all, even if it’s smothered in blue cheese and Rice Krispies. However, the Rice Krispies were a big hit.
Food and Wine June 2015Print
Grilled Broccoli with Blue Cheese and Krispies
Grilled Broccoli with Blue Cheese and a Rice Krispie topping is a great way to eat your veggies. A creamy rich cheese sauce and seasoned broccoli are topped with crunchy Rice Krispies.
- Category: side
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- pinch red pepper flakes
- pinch brown sugar
- 3 ounces blue cheese
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- 2 lbs broccoli florets, cut into florets with stems
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 1 ½ tablespoons harissa paste
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 ½ teaspoons sriracha
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 shallots, minced
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup Rice Krispies
- In a small saucepan, warm the cream until hot. Whisk in red pepper, sugar and 1/3 of the blue cheese until melted. Let cool completely and then whisk in sour cream and the remaining cheese. Season with salt.
- Blanch the broccoli until crisp-tender in salted boiling water. Drain well and let cool.
- In a food processor, combine the vinegar, harissa, lemon zest and juice, soy sauce, mustard and sriracha and puree. With the processor on, gradually add the olive oil until incorporated. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the shallots. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a medium skillet, melt butter. Add cereal and 11/2 teaspoons of the vinegar mixture and cook over moderately high heat, stirring until lightly browned. Season with salt and transfer to a paper-towel lined plate..
- In a large bowl, toss the broccoli with half of the remaining vinegar mixture and season with salt. Grill the broccoli over moderately high heat, turning occasionally until lightly charred, about 5 minutes.
- Spread the blue cheese dressing on the serving platter and scatter the broccoli on top. Garnish with the spiced krispies. Drizzle with extra sauce if desired.
If you don’t want to go through all these steps, this is still pretty good with just grilled broccoli and the blue cheese sauce.