Let me introduce you to this great vegetable. Broccoli is the ideal when we need something extra on a plate to complete our meal.
What should we take into account when buying broccoli:
When buying broccoli, we should choose the one that has a uniform intense green color, without brown or yellowish spots. The broccoli stem should be firm and the crown should be firm and elastic. Those with a very soft stem or crown are signs that it is not fresh, it is already an old broccoli. Broccoli keeps very well in the crisper in the fridge for at least a week.
Broccoli can be eaten raw, but if we scald it quickly in boiling water it helps to give it a more crunchy texture and enhances its flavor. Broccoli can also be steamed, sautéed, and roasted, even on the grill!
Instructions for cooking broccoli:
Cut the crown off the broccoli into several large florets. Cut the smaller stems into pieces and finally remove the leaves from the main trunk and cut it into thin slices and discard the lower part that is the hardest and is not so rich. Wash everything very well to remove the grit or whatever it may have and you have it ready for these 5 types of preparation: Take note
Blanched broccoli Prepare a pot with ice water and keep it next to the kitchen. We boil another pot with water and a tablespoon of salt, add the broccoli and let it cook for 2 minutes. We remove it and quickly place it in the ice water.
Steamed broccoli Fill a pot with a little water and inside it a basket for steaming. We have to make sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the steamer basket. We boil the pot with water for 4 to 5 minutes. This can also be done in the microwave like this: We put the broccoli in the microwave and add 3 tablespoons of water to it. We cover with a plate of food or with the special microwave cover and we turn it on for 4 minutes at high power. We remove the lid carefully to check if it is already tender. If necessary, leave it for 2 more minutes
Sauteed broccoli first make sure that the broccoli is very dry because if it is not, in contact with the oil it will splash and you can burn. Add a little oil in a pan (5 tablespoons approximately). Add the broccoli along with a pinch of salt. Mix frequently, until the broccoli is bright green and feels tender.
Broccoli Cream First, we follow the previous step and sauté the broccoli along with half a small onion and a sliced garlic. Apart we put to parboil a medium potato cut into pieces. When the broccoli is already sautéed and the potato is cooked, we put everything in the blender along with 3 cups of vegetable or chicken broth according to your preference. Serve hot and sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese (optional)
Baked broccoli – Heat the oven to 200ºC. Mix the broccoli with a few tablespoons of oil and a little salt. We will place it on a tray lined in aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes until it is crisp and you can see some intense brown spots that indicate that it is already cooked. Serve immediately.
And finally, I recommend you do it in the form of Nuggets such as Cauliflower that are crunchy and delicious.
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