Sauce for Steamed Broccoli
- krisrishere Nov 10, 2008 03:28 PM
One of the sides at Thanksgiving Dinner is Steamed Broccoli. I would like to offer a sauce on the side, however the guests are somewhat health conscience. I would also like to do something a different from a traditional cheese sauce etc. Ideas?
My first thought is mustard/wine based. But, you could also skip the sauce and grill with crushed garlic, red pepper flakes and parsley. Throw in some wine and allow it to cook off, and garnish with some grated parm. It's really flavorful and still on the healthy side. Sauces always seem to cover up the great taste of broccoli.
If you prepare a basic Bechamel sauce you can easily pick it up rather subtly by adding herb-de-provence (which in my kitchen doesn't mean it necessarily come from that French region but can be a blend of herbs that you develop in your own kitchen) and heat it through to infuse the herb flavor(s). If you don't want to use a blend of herbs, just add a bit of Thyme, Marjoram, or other herb that you feel will compliment your broccoli.
What about just some grated parmesan? It'll melt over the broccoli and you don't need much to add flavor. If you really want a sauce, I'd go with a mustard vinaigrette.
Instead of steamed, how about roasting? Roasted broccoli with garlic, salt, and olive oil is delicious - no sauce needed.
chowkari and phimoez: both sauces sound great. Do you have any base recipes for those that I can maybe build off of? Unfortunately I'm going to a friends house for dinner and they are serving the broccoli (steamed), they asked for a sauce to go along with it.
I would love to do some kind of roasted spear, but again, it's not my dinner :)
Here are 2 recipes for this- the first one is more classic and the second one is more Asian. I usally add a bit of heat to it but it's also yummy without.
3 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste, optional
Steam broccoli until tender but firm, about 5 to 7 minutes. Heat the butter in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat; add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the cooked broccoli, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste, cooking briefly to combine.
Here is the second recipe- It sounds weird with the tea but it is very good!