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Broccoli side dish?

I know broccoli isn't the first thing you think of as a side dish for burgers, but we're having burgers tonight and I have broccoli to use up. Besides just cooking it plain or maybe giving it an Asian soy-sesame kick, any suggestions for a broccoli presentation that would work well alongside a big fat hamburger?

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  1. Broccoli salad? (garlic, lemon, olive oil, red peppers, cauliflower, if possible)

    Broccoli tempura?

    1. Toss with mayo or yogurt, crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar. Or miss it into mac 'n' cheese.

      1. I'd cut it into bite-sized pieces, toss it in olive oil, sprinkle on some s&p, and then roast it in a 425 degree oven until the florets are a bit browned, perhaps a half hour or so. It comes out delicious and a bit crispy. There are infinite flavor variations...add chopped garlic and/or crushed red pepper halfway through, or some Indian spices, or what have you.

        Probably the closest you'll get to the fries you secretly desire!

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        1. re: Rick_V

          I like the roasted broccoli or slaw ideas. I'm always a fan of roasted veggies and broccoli does tend to get nice and crispy at the edges of the florets.

          1. re: Rick_V

            That is the best! And so easy, it is my new favorite way to cook almost all vegetables.

          2. Broccoli slaw? I don't have a specific recipe, but there are many out there if you do a google search.

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            1. re: valerie

              I second that suggestion. It's a great way to use up the stalk.

            2. it's freezing here. i'd make soup.