Thursday, June 17, 2010

Italian Sauteed Broccoli Recipe


Simple and delicious!~ Broccoli steamed then sauteed quickly in olive oil and garlic.
Nothing hard about this side dish and not much of a recipe. It's a versatile start for many other recipes. Toppings for pasta with chicken, added to an omelet, can be used as a topping to a white style garlic and ricotta pizza, a casserole, quiche, broccoli added for filling for calzones or stromboli, and leftover broccoli is a great topping on a salad. Cold or hot this is wonderful!
Basic recipe:
1 head of fresh washed broccoli, leaves removed, stalks cut in small pieces, take the florets and cut up the stalks in small chunks then steam in a small amount of water, around 1/4 cup. We use a steamer but you can boil it for just a few minutes to get the dirt particles out. We like ours soft, not al dente... around 7 minutes.
In a large fry pan, add 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
Add 3 cloves of whole garlic and light brown to flavor the oil then remove it.
Add steamed broccoli.
Saute quickly to coat and fry until the broccoli is coated all over with the garlic oil around 3 or 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, pepper a little garlic powder to taste and red pepper flakes for heat. You can actually serve this hot of cold.
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