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how to keep broccoli warm without it being mushy?

fldhkybnva Oct 4, 2012 06:34 PM

I plan to serve ever-so fresh steamed broccoli with butter and garlic at an open house/dinner type event at which people will come and eat at various different times. So, I will need to keep the broccoli warm. Is there a way to do this without it turning mushy?

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    jvanderh Oct 5, 2012 11:10 PM

    I think I would try bringing (salted) water to a boil, putting in the broccoli, and then turning off the heat. You might want to do a dry run, though, in case you actually need to boil it for a minute or two before turning it off.

    1. letsindulge Oct 5, 2012 10:27 AM

      Blanch the lot in salted water, then shock. Keep a pot of water simmering and do batches as you need them. Should only need a quick dip. Any other attempt to keep them warm will result in a mushy mess.

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        Zalbar Oct 5, 2012 08:24 AM

        Cook the broccoli to desired doneness, then chill rapidly in ice water, set aside. When ready to start plating throw back into a large pot of boiling water to bring it back up to temp.

        1. ipsedixit Oct 5, 2012 07:50 AM

          What's wrong with room temp steamed broccoli?

          I think I actually prefer it that way, now that I think about it.

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          1. re: ipsedixit
            magiesmom Oct 5, 2012 08:01 AM

            me, too.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              fldhkybnva Oct 5, 2012 09:54 AM

              There is nothing wrong with it, I just don't like it

              1. re: fldhkybnva
                ipsedixit Oct 5, 2012 07:57 PM

                Maybe your guests will.

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              escondido123 Oct 4, 2012 08:47 PM

              If you use olive oil instead of butter, that dish is something you would see for hours at an Italian restaurant antipasto buffet.

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              1. re: escondido123
                fldhkybnva Oct 5, 2012 03:29 AM

                Warm I assume? Just keep warm over simmering water?

                1. re: fldhkybnva
                  escondido123 Oct 5, 2012 09:56 AM

                  Not warm, room temp. I don't remember ever seeing it kept warm on an Italian buffet.

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                JeremyEG Oct 4, 2012 06:49 PM

                Could you just cook it for a bit less time to keep it from getting too soft? Then again I like the stuff even raw so maybe that won't work. : )

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                1. re: JeremyEG
                  fldhkybnva Oct 4, 2012 06:53 PM

                  Yea, I could definitely do that as well as it will probably sit for at least a bit before the 1st round of people show up. While I don't like cold broccoli, I do like my broccoli to have a bit of crunch as well.

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                  sandylc Oct 4, 2012 06:38 PM

                  I have kept broccoli over cooling-off steaming water without a lid for short periods, but probably not long enough for your purposes.

                  Maybe you should roast it and serve it at room temperature?

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                  1. re: sandylc
                    fldhkybnva Oct 4, 2012 06:46 PM

                    Yea, I thought about that and that I might have to sacrifice since I don't really enjoy room temperature or cold broccoli.

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