Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Garlic Broccolini

I had never made broccolini before the other night.  I knew it was often served as a vegetable with Asian dishes so I found a great recipe and served it with my Seared Ahi Tuna. What is broccolini? It's similar to broccoli but with smaller florets and longer, thinner stems.  Some people say they taste like a mix between broccoli and asparagus. 


-1.5 lbs of broccolini
-2 Tbsp of olive oil
-4-5 garlic cloves, minced

First, trim the ends of your broccolini and rinse under cold water. 

Next, in a large skillet with sides or pot arrange the broccolini in one or two layers (depending on the size of your skillet/pot).  Fill with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 6-7 minutes and drain in a colander. 

In the pot you just used add  Tbsp of olive oil and your garlic.  Turn the heat to medium-high and cook the garlic for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant (just make sure not to burn the garlic).  Return the broccolini to the pan and sautee in the garlic and oil for about a minute or until evenly coated and warmed back up.  Enjoy as a nutrient-rich side-dish! I served mine next to Easy Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and Seared Ahi Tuna

What would I have done differently? I absolutely loved the way this turned out.  It's a great way to mix up your vegetable side-dish when you've been eating asparagus too much.  The one thing I may try next time is adding just a pinch or two of crushed red pepper flakes for a kick!

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