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Feb 6, 2005 10:54 AM

Broccoli Stems

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How do you prepare and cook broccoli stems? Any favorite "recipes"?

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  1. I don't cook them; rather, I slice them up and put into our evening salads. Very crunchy and satisfying; if you have a tough stalk, you can easily peel it lightly before slicing.

    1. I shred the stalks in my food processor and use it to make broccoli slaw.

      It's also good cut into 1/8-inch slices, sauteed in olive oil with lots of garlic, and tossed with pasta and grated parmesan.

      1. I have not done this, not really caring much about broccoli, but I would think to achieve the most luscious texture, one would shred them like a carrot or zucchini with a vegetable peeler, and saute (and I really mean saute, over reasonably high heat, jerking the pan a few times, et cet.) quickly for best effect.

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        1. re: Karl S.

          I like em shredded and stir-fried with olive oil, soy sauce, and white balsamic vinegar.

          Also, the broccoli slaw mentioned with carrots, radicchio, and cabbage,

        2. Scrape off the skin, then slice them thinly. They're OK in a stir-fry, or lightly steamed and served with a cheese sauce.

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            Jeremy Newel

            Peel the stalks, cut into "coins" and stir fry in the Chinese style. See Irene Kuo's excellent book "The Key to Chinese Cooking".