Cheesy Pull-Apart Broccoli with Cheddar

Cheddar and broccoli are a classic combination—and, here, we pair those flavors for one impressive side or appetizer that will have everyone reaching in for more. Garlic and mustard help amplify the deliciousness.

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Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 2 large broccoli crowns (about 5-inch diameter; 9 ounces)

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

  • ½ teaspoon grated garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup shredded sharp yellow Cheddar cheese


  1. Trim broccoli stems so the crowns rest flat on a work surface and the florets are still attached. Pour water into a 9-inch glass pie plate or shallow dish and place the broccoli on top. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on High until fork-tender and bright green, about 4 minutes.

  2. Place a rack 10 inches from broiler; preheat broiler. Line a small rimmed baking sheet with foil. Transfer the broccoli to the prepared sheet and drizzle with oil.

  3. Combine mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Fold in white Cheddar and yellow Cheddar until combined. Using your fingers, spread the cheese mixture on top of the broccoli and fill in the areas between the florets. Broil until melted and golden on top, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

187 Calories
16g Fat
5g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1/2 cup
Calories 187
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Vitamin A 2761IU 55%
Vitamin C 79mg 88%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 61mcg 15%
Vitamin K 17mcg 14%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Calcium 177mg 14%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 22mg 5%
Potassium 281mg 6%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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