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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:23 PM
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The best way to cook broccoli ?
is barely.

I was cooking at my step-mother's recently and she had frozen broccoli. I thawed and microwaved and boy was it terrible. Bad flavor, bad texture. Now I see why so many people hate broccoli. It was so bad I finished the pasta salad I was making without it.

My favorite way to cook broccoli:

bring some water to a boil
cut the (fresh) broccoli down to the florets, get rid of the stems
cut the florets into bite sized pieces
salt the water and then drop the florets in
use a skimmer or strainer to remove all the broccoli from the water after about 90 seconds or so, bite into one of them, if it isn't soft enough for you put it all back in but don't exceed 3 minutes or so totally cooking time.
Let it sit a strainer until it is no longer dripping then season with one of the options below:

- salt,olive oil and vinegar
- lemon juice and olive oil

or
heat olive oil in a skillet, add minced garlic, saute the broccoli (already blanched as above)briefly, salt and then serve
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:25 PM
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1. Nope.
broccoli tempura.
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:28 PM
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2. I agree - crisp is best
I steam them lightly.

While boiling the water, add sliced fresh garlic - then steam the broccoli. It will absorb some of the garlic flavour. :9 (sauteeing your way also is great)

(BIG broccoli fan here)
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:32 PM
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4. Hi u4ic!
:hi:
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:53 PM
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14. Hey billy!
:loveya: :hi:

How's England been treating you these days?

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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:56 PM
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16. England is okay
the temperature has been moderate to cool, 15-20C. Still haven't quite worked the jet lag out, but it's getting there. (Finding travelling east much harder than going west).

I hope you are well. :hug:
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:08 PM
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19. Thanks
got a bit of a flu bug I think, bad vertigo the past couple of days. Any more of this, and I'll have to die my hair blonde... :P
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:10 PM
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20. Oh no
the vertigo is probably low blood pressure. :hug:

Dye your hair blonde...?
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:13 PM
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21. Vertigo = dizzy
:crazy:

(you've heard of dizzy/ditzy blondes?)

I got a bit of a sore throat and a bit achy, too - there's something making the rounds.
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:31 PM
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3. I prefer steamed to boiled
And I agree that frozen broccoli sucks - I only buy fresh. It's also really good in a cheesy casserole.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:40 PM
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7. I like steamed too
and it can be safer than boiling (in the sense that over-boiled broccoli gets bitter and grassy). I find blanching (boiling) a little faster.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:35 PM
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5. I only use frozen if I'm making soup and I'll be pureeing it.
Otherwise, you are absolutely right. It has to be fresh, and it has to be either blanched or steamed.

I also like to dip brocoli in curry sauce and then grill. The florettes hold the sauce and char nicely on the grill. :9

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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:38 PM
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6. I'm into steaming it, myself.
Same with asparagus.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:41 PM
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8. Dump into Garbage Disposal
Turn on Water
Turn on Disposal

That's how I would prepare it
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:45 PM
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11. !
What? Are you five years old?
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:46 PM
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12. Hey, it's the only thing I have in common with some of my relatives
Bush Sr. didn't like Broccoli either!

(he's like my 4th-5th cousin)
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:52 PM
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13. I guess we better be careful next time we take you out for pizza in NYC
Yes, pizza. At hole-in-the-wall pizza joints throughout NYC -- just like the one we went to after last year's DU meetup -- broccoli is considered a standard pizza topping option. My only objection to this is that most such joints don't cut it up small enough.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:54 PM
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15. Oh the Humanity!
(or should that be.... Oh the Broccolanity! ) :cry:
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:42 PM
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9. Stir fry nt
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Iniquitous Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:15 PM
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24. I agree.
:thumbsup:
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renegade000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:44 PM
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10. oyster sauce...eom
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:58 PM
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17. Really there's no "right" or "best" way to cook broccoli
so long as it is cooked to your satisfaction. Of course all vegetables are bad when they are overcooked.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:58 PM
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18. Broccoli is one of the ten "super foods" - loaded with vitamins
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GalleryGod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:23 PM
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22. Nothing beats the Broc ! Love it ! Love it!
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 06:24 PM by GalleryGod
I eat it every meal when at home...and most times when out to dinner

JoeAllen in NYC does a great broc side dish so did the original Spago over Sunset.

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chaska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:12 PM
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23. GET RID OF THE STEMS??? R U CRAZY?
If by stems you mean the stalk... Listen people, peel them suckers and chop 'em up in a stir fry. Believe me, the stalk is the best part. But you have to peel the tough, stringy skin off of it.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:24 PM
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25. The easiest way is to cut the stalks off just leaving the florets.
Put them in a microwave dish with about 1/2 cup of water and add lots of butter or margarine and cook for about 7 minutes. Then cover with Cheeze-Wiz or any other melted cheese.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:26 PM
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26. Steamed or on a broiler for a few minutes only. NEVER on a microwave.
The microwave literally zaps the nutrient value.

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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:27 PM
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27. Stir fry till lightly blackened.
GIves it a nice nutty flavor.

My kids like it raw. No, they LOVE it raw. I have no idea why.
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sbj405 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:29 PM
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28. Broiled with olive oil and sea salt. nt
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