This is the same green stuff made better and most likely will get the kids to eat without too much complaint. No promises though. Give it a try and test your luck at charming the kids at dinner tonight.
The Italians were the ones who introduced this vegetable to us. It has been said that it originally evolved from wild cabbages. Commonly known as Broccoli, in Italy, and when translated it meanscabbage sprout.
This vegetable is dark green in color. Broccoli grows like cauliflower with its thick stalks and also produces soft florets at its ends. It has been known to aid in preventing heart disease as well as prostate cancer.
Broccoli is a versatile vegetable. You can cook it by steaming, stir-fry, boiling, micro waving as well as enjoying it raw too.
- 1 ½ pounds of fresh broccoli
- ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 1 1/8 teaspoons of salt
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- Wash broccoli and cut florets from the stalks.
- In a sauce pan add 2 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of salt and add the broccoli florets. For best results use a steamer but you can boil them if one is not available.
- Cover the pan and bring the water to a boil. Reduce to a medium heat afterwards and cook until the broccoli is tender. You still want it to be slightly crisp.
- Do not overcook the florets for they will get too limp and mushy. Should be approximately 8 – 10 minutes, give or take a few.
- Transfer the cooked vegetable into a serving platter and sprinkle with lemon juice. Set the platter aside for the moment.
- Then, in a frying pan, start to melt the butter slowly. Once melted add the salt, garlic and bread crumbs. Cook and stir constantly until the bread crumbs are browned and golden. They will get a little crunchy. This is good. Be sure not to burn the butter or the bread crumbs. This should take about 5 minutes or so till they are the right consistency.
- Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the broccoli and serve right away.