Broccoli with Cheetos


So this isn’t just broccoli with Cheetos crushed over the top, that would be silly.  This is broccoli with a garnish of Cheetos served on top of a rich, garlic-shallot infused sauce made from Gouda and Parmesan cheeses.  Perfection.

Now, when I placed this on the dinner table, my kids looked at me like I was half-cracked or had lost my mind.  But at the same time they were cheering because Cheetos were going to be a part of dinner.  Score.

Apparently this dish is all the rage at Park Avenue Winter, a New York City restaurant that serves this dish up as a side dish on their regular menu.  The Cheetos-loving chef, Craig Koketsu, claims this dish sells better than the French fries on the menu.  I believe him.

The sauce has depth and complexity and the Cheetos change up the texture in a nice way.  It just rocks.

Everyone ate their broccoli last night.  First time ever.


Combine heavy cream, 2 Tablespoons garlic, shallots, peppercorns and bay leaf in a 2 quart saucepan over medium-high heat.  Cook, stirring often, until reduced by half, about 5-7 minutes.  Remove pan from heat, stir in cheeses until melted and season to taste with salt.  Set a fine strainer over a small saucepan and strain sauce, discarding solids.  Set aside and keep warm.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add broccoli and cook, stirring until crisp but somewhat tender, 3 minutes.  Drain broccoli, transfer to a bowl of ice water and let chill.  Drain and transfer to paper towels to dry; set aside. 

Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat.  Add remaining garlic and chili flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add broccoli and cook, stirring often, until barely browned, about 4 minutes.

To serve, spoon cheese sauce evenly among 6 warm serving bowls or small plates.  Top sauce with broccoli and Cheetos.  Serve immediately and without guilt.

Broccoli with Cheetos
From Saveur via Park Avenue Winter

2 cups heavy cream
3 Tablespoons minced garlic, divided
2 Tablespoons minced shallots
6 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1-1/2 cups grated aged Gouda
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Kosher salt to taste
1-1/4 pounds broccoli, cut into small florets
3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
2 cups original Cheetos, crushed by hand

Combine heavy cream, 2 Tablespoons garlic, shallots, peppercorns and bay leaf in a 2 quart saucepan over medium-high heat.  Cook, stirring often, until reduced by half, about 5-7 minutes.  Remove pan from heat, stir in cheeses until melted and season to taste with salt.  Set a fine strainer over a small saucepan and strain sauce, discarding solids.  Set aside and keep warm.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add broccoli and cook, stirring until crisp but somewhat tender, 3 minutes.  Drain broccoli, transfer to a bowl of ice water and let chill.  Drain and transfer to paper towels to dry; set aside. 

Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat.  Add remaining garlic and chili flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add broccoli and cook, stirring often, until barely browned, about 4 minutes.

To serve, spoon cheese sauce evenly among 6 warm serving bowls or small plates.  Top sauce with broccoli and Cheetos.  Serve immediately and without guilt.

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10 Comments

  1. Holy cow…I would have eaten all my broccoli as well!

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  2. Susan 2

    Brilliant! The sauce alone would clinch it for me, but crunchy junk food on top? Brilliant!

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  3. Barbie with T 3

    You are so tricky! At the same time resourceful. Getting the family to eat broccoli can sometimes be a great challenge. But not for you! You got it!

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  4. Kim in MD 4

    This is the second blog that I have seen this recipe on! Who knew broccoli could taste so good? 😉

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  5. sheila 5

    Oh this is brilliant!

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  6. I tried this recipe too… it grew on me a bit after trying a few bites, but my husband and son did not care for it much. I reviewed it on my Culinary Covers blog- funny to read the comments from people who are shocked to see this recipe!
    link to culinarycovers.com

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  7. Rachel 7

    You never cease to amaze me with all your innovative creations!

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  8. Anna 8

    The sauce sounds great, but the cheeto-broccoli combination is just not doing it for me!

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  9. Awesome! Cheetos are a weakness of mine, and I will definitely be trying this.

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  10. Mrs. L 10

    Being a Cheetos lover, I remember my jaw dropping when I saw this in the magazine. I get a smile on my face whenever I see that someone has actually made it! Once of these days I’ll convince my husband to give it a try hehehehe.

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