Better Together: Best Broccoli and Cheddar Recipes

ROASTED BROCCOLI AND CHEDDAR CHEESE DIPFood Network KitchenFood NetworkBroccoli, Vegetable Oil, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Butter, Yellow Onion, Garlic, Flour,HalfandHalf,Mild Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Dijon Mustard

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Tomatoes and mozzarella, peanut butter and jelly, strawberries and bananas — some flavors are simply better when enjoyed together, and broccoli and cheddar cheese are no exception.

While bright florets of broccoli promise freshness, the gooey, often-melted cheese alongside the vegetables offers welcome richness, and together they shine in soups, potatoes, dips and more. Read on below to get Food Network’s top-five takes on this classic culinary pair, from tried-and-true favorites to next-level creations.

Start with a gooey from-scratch cheese sauce and add to it seasoned roasted broccoli to make the ultimate decadent dip, just waiting for meaty potato wedges to be dunked in.

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An unlikely ingredient — cottage cheese — guarantees that Pat and Gina Neely’s 5-star cornbread turns out moist every time. The Neelys pour the rich batter of chopped broccoli, blanket the bread with cheddar and bake until it’s golden brown.

While most risottos require careful attention and slow simmering on the stove, Food Network Magazine’s quick-fix recipe is largely hands-off, as the broccoli and wine-laced rice are baked separately. Once they’re combined with cheese, this updated risotto becomes creamy and comforting.

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Likely the most-famous combination of broccoli and cheddar, a simple soup is both hearty and warming, and The Pioneer Woman’s big-batch bowl is no exception. She prefers to mash the broccoli (or blend the soup completely) to achieve a smoother consistency.

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Not your average baked potatoes, Food Network Magazine’s super-stuffed spuds are hollowed out and broiled, then filled with an indulgent mixture of creamy mashed potatoes, fresh broccoli, bacon and cheddar. Perhaps best of all, this fuss-free dinner is simple enough to pull off in a hurry on a hectic weeknight.

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