Don’t know how to use Broccoli? Don’t worry, this vegetable is great and can be used in more ways than you might think. We’ve got all the info you need on how to use broccoli.
Broccoli may not be your favorite vegetable growing up and maybe still not but a constant stable at your local vegetarian restaurant and loved by health freaks all over the world, and I guess it should be since it is one of our more nutritious vegetables.
But let’s not focus too much on the health benefits of broccoli but more on the flavor and what to do with it. Then the question is more what not to do with it, besides over-cooking it and forcing it to childrens lunch plates cause that way broccoli is terrible. But it doesn’t have to be.
Here are a few tips on what to do with it.
- Stir-fry – broccoli is great to stir fry, cut the head of the broccoli into small florets and peel and slice the stem. Cut the stem thin since it´s a bit rougher and stir-fry on high heat.
- Soup – chop the whole thing, add to a pot with some onions, chicken stock, garlic and cream. Boil until it’s soft and then blend into a thick creamy soup, season the soup with a bit of grated cheddar. We’ve actually got a great broccoli soup recipe posted here at Ateriet. Check it out here.
- Snacks – I know it’s not chips but it is actually good, cut the broccoli into dip-friendly pieces. Make a blue cheese dip and sit yourself in the couch.
- Boiled and tossed in a vinaigrette – Cut the broccoli into small florets, boil for a few seconds in salted water, remove from the water and combine with a vinaigrette and serve it as a hot side dish.
- Shaved salad – once you’ve cut away the florets don’t throw away the stalk, peel it and shave it into a salad or mix with other vegetables in mixed salads, crunchy, tasty and healthy!
- Gratin – parboil chopped broccoli and use in gratins, either on its own or in combination with cauliflower or potatoes.
- Tempura fried – parboil florets of broccoli and dry off, dip in flour and then in a tempura paste and fry until golden, serve with an asian dip.
Broccoli’s Flavor friends
Broccoli has loads of friends but I do think that the best combinations are when there´s a bit of fat and salt involved so bacon, cheese, rich sauces, butter are my go-to´s but not so fat flavors like nuts, lemon, garlic and japanese soy work good as well.