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Broccoli stems.

Robin Joy Apr 19, 2008 08:35 PM

Recently saw an old Ken Hom video where he roughly peeled and sliced the 3 inch or so bit below the florets and added it to a stir fry. Well I must tell you that this tastes great, an unexpected peppery/radishy flavour which I also sometimes add to salads or just nibble raw.No longer will I begrudge paying for that extra bit. Try it.

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  1. scuzzo RE: Robin Joy Apr 20, 2008 05:33 AM

    I heartily agree!!! I think it the best part of broccoli! Sometimes, it's just for the cook!

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      Nonny RE: Robin Joy Apr 20, 2008 10:37 AM

      try making broccoli soup with the stems - not all the way down, though- chix broth, peeled stems, a bit of fresh thyme if you have it.
      Puree at end or put through a food mill and add some florets to broth and cook until al dente. Great with a few good croutons.

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        classylady RE: Nonny Sep 10, 2009 06:33 AM

        I have a recipe for broccoli stems. Stems are stir fried. Soy sauce and 1/2c of chicken soup is added. The other half of the broth is cooled and mixed with cornstarch and then added to the broccoli to thicken. Sliced water chesnuts are also added.

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        silverhawk RE: Robin Joy Sep 10, 2009 07:30 AM

        the stems make great dog training rewards. our dogs like broccoli stems almost as much as asparagus tails.

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          scuzzo RE: silverhawk Sep 10, 2009 11:15 AM

          I also use broccoli stems and asparagus tails for my dogs! They LOVE them! Also cauliflower stews, and lettuce cores! Though we arm wrestle over the sugar snap peas!

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          Karen_Schaffer RE: Robin Joy Sep 10, 2009 07:35 AM

          Broccoli stems are great and under-rated. I don't actually like the mouthfeel of the florets very much, and would rather eat the stems. Such a waste when people throw them away.

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            BamiaWruz RE: Karen_Schaffer Sep 10, 2009 12:41 PM

            My SO is like this, so he gets the stems.

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            Val RE: Robin Joy Sep 10, 2009 07:47 AM

            My latest favorite way to enjoy them is sliced and dipped into hummus.

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              mmalmad RE: Val Sep 10, 2009 07:58 AM

              They are great in Cole slaw

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                maplesugar RE: mmalmad Sep 10, 2009 08:03 AM

                2nd the coleslaw. Mann's sells a broccoli slaw http://www.broccoli.com/broc_cole.html (same company that sells florets ...smart use of what would otherwise be cast offs) ever since I saw this I've been adding it to my own.

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              gourmet wife RE: Robin Joy Sep 10, 2009 08:48 AM

              I've always preferred the taste and crunch of the stems. I could never understand why ppl only eat the tops.

              1. cassoulady RE: Robin Joy Sep 10, 2009 09:40 AM

                i saw jacques pepin make a nice salad of broccoli stems once on tv. i love the stems, sometimes i peel them. great in a salad or slaw or to munch on/dip

                1. chowser RE: Robin Joy Sep 10, 2009 09:59 AM

                  When I worked for an agricultural company, the farm workers laughed about how people pay more for the crowns when the stems are the best part. The crowns are all exposed to the air and dry out whereas you can peel the stalk and a get juicy stem.

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                    TomSwift RE: Robin Joy Sep 10, 2009 10:02 AM

                    These are all good suggestions. At Spago (the old one on Horn Ave) many years ago I had pureed stems and they were wonderful. I came close to duplicating the product at home with stems, a little melted butter and seasoning. It makes a great side dish and is delicious when it mixes into your mashed potatoes.

                    1. luckyfatima RE: Robin Joy Sep 10, 2009 10:28 AM

                      I love broccoli stems, too. So delicious. Also, cauliflower stem, the piece you cut the florets off of. Sometimes I chop both broccoli stems and cauliflower stem together for a stir-fry or veg dish.

                      1. arifa RE: Robin Joy Sep 11, 2009 07:56 AM

                        i am shocked to hear that people actually throw out the stems! i LOVE them! i like to make a mild "pickle" of the stems... a little bit of rice vinegar (diluted so it isn't too sour), sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce... mmmmmm!

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