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Jun 3, 2008 08:42 PM

Broccoli Recipes?

Hey Guys,
I have a service called Urban Organics which delivers a box of whatever organic produce is available to my door each week. Lately is has included a ton of broccoli. I often just steam it and toss it with some butter and herbs or roast it at 500 degrees. Both of those are delicious but I need some new ideas. I eat almost all foods suggestions for other ingredients are well appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your help.


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  1. Jeremy are you looking for recipes or suggestions? I like veggies "naked" but If you want suggestions, souffles are great, stir fried, fritters. I also peel the skin off the stems and eat that part raw. If you want some simple recipes respond

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    1. re: Just Desserts

      Simple recipes would be great. More complicated recipes are fine too. Just looking for ways to cook a lot of broccoli!

      1. re: Just Desserts

        Sorry, I just reread your post. Suggestions are fine. I can usually figure out the recipe. Sorry!

      2. Orecchiette with broccoli is always a good way to use some up! A lot of recipes call for rabe, but regular broccoli works well too. The technique I learned from an Italian friend is to boil a lot of broccoli in heavily salted water, then remove it with a slotted spoon to a large saute pan/wok with some oil and garlic and possibly anchovy, and put the pasta into the broccoli water to cook. Keep cooking the broccoli by ladling in bits of the pasta water and letting it boil off, until the orecchiette are al dente and the broccoli is soft and can be broken/mushed up with a spoon. Drain the pasta and mix into the broccoli sauce, with dried red pepper and grated parmesan. The key to the taste of the dish is sufficiently salted water, and lots of tasty fresh broccoli!

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        1. re: another_adam

          This is a great way to use broccoli! I love it! My personal twist on it is to first blanch the broccoli in salted water, then saute it in a really big skillet until it starts to brown add the garlic, cayenne, etc. Then continue as stated above.

        2. Broccoli's great in stir-fries, either by itself or in combination with beef, chicken, pork or shellfish.

          Sandpot casserole of broccoli, scallops and Chinese sausage.

          Broccoli and apple soup: soften chopped onions; add broccoli and peeled, cored and quartered apples; add chicken broth; simmer until tender; purée; garnish with a dollop of crème frâche or sour cream.

          Steam or boil broccoli. Sauté in olive oil with garlic and, if you like, some red pepper flakes. You can also dissolve a mushed anchovy fillet or two in the oil before adding the vegetable.

          Slow-cooked broccoli: various recipes, typically combined with savoury ingredients (olives, anchovies, onions, cheese, etc.), watered with red wine or other liquid and baked or braised for an hour or two. More of a winter dish, though.

          Almost forgot: Garlicky Sesame-Cured Broccoli Salad, raw broccoli marinated with garlic, cumin and sesame oil (among other things). Addictive.

          1. One other way I like it is to toss it with some olive oil, balsamic vinegar and herbs and then grill it.

            1. My husband doesn't love veggies but he went crazy over this, sort of a take on Aglio Olio.


              1 bunch broccoli, florets and sliced peeled stalks
              3 Tbsp olive oil
              3 cloves garlic
              red pepper flakes
              2 or 3 anchovies
              1 cup red or white wine

              Par cook broccoli.
              Saute garlic in oil until brown, then remove and discard.
              Add broccoli and all else. Cook at low boil for 10 minutes until almost dry.
              Top with parmesan and toasted breadcrumbs.

              I had some leftover, so I made a cold pasta salad for Memorial Day with the broccoli, some artichoke hearts, olives, capers etc that was enjoyed by all!

              Just noticed that another adam has an identical recipe, but I'll leave this here for your consideration anyway!