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Jul 26, 2010 07:45 AM

cauliflower/broccoli stalk ideas

hello all, i've some cauliflower and broccoli and need to break out of my old ways on cooking the usually discarded stalks. i typically do them in a cheesy bechamel or as a sesame and cashew stir fry and i'm starting to tire of just two preparations. would love some hound input.

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  1. They are awfully good peeled and sliced into salads or as chef's snack while making dinner (with or without dip of some sort). But I never get to eat them anymore because they are so popular with my dogs!

    1. Peel, cut into matchsticks, and toss with a marinade of diced garlic, rice wine vinegar, sugar, salt&pepper, and garnish with some sesame oil and nori flakes (optional). Voila, instant broccoli stalk salad.

      1. Grate the cauliflower on a coarse cheese grater and toss it in a covered dish in the microwave - dry - and nuke for a few minutes. (I usually do about 2minutes for one serving.) it makes an excellent "rice."

        Also, julienned broccoli stems makes an awesome addition to stir-fries or coleslaw.

        1. Broccoli stalks are tender and tasty, much milder than the florets. Rather than hiding them in a gooey sauce, try peeling and steaming them lightly, then topping with a bit of good butter, a sprinkle of salt and a squeeze of lemon. Delightful!

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          1. re: Ascender

            I boiled the broccoli stalks and pasta separately and set aside. Sauteed mushrooms in a little butter, deglazed them with wine and added a little flour. Added the pasta and broccoli to the mushroom with combined sauce of a small amount of milk and chicken soup. Mixed all together and sprinkled with parmesean cheese.

          2. Grate or slice paper-thin with a mandoline and use as a slaw, either on their own or combined.