Steamed Broccoli

Vegetable steamers are amazing little contraptions that can be found for fifty cents or so at a garage sale or thrift store. Steaming is a fast and healthy way to whip up a veggie side dish, and broccoli is my personal favorite for the role.

Steamed Broccoli

I use the old antique-looking stainless steel basket vegetable steamer; it works perfectly and I have no complaints, but I know that cooler kids are using newer contraptions and I accept those people for the high maintenance gadget buying humans that they are. I’ll be over here in my cave with my primitive tools cooking over a fire, happily. Don’t toss the stem! While you may want to slice off the bottom of the stem if it has dried up a bit, hold on to the remainder. Chop it thinly and steam it with the florets. Now for the recipe…
broccoli
steamed broccoli
You’ll need: -A head of broccoli the size of your face*, chopped -2tbsp fresh grated parmesan cheese -2tbsp butter -1 clove garlic, finely chopped Simple steps: 1.Place the steamer, opened, in a pot. Fill with water to just below the base of the steamer. Cover and bring water to a boil. 2. In a separate pan, melt the butter on low ; add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, making sure the garlic does not brown. Remove from heat. 3. Meanwhile, place the broccoli in the steamer and cover the pot. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Turn off heat.  Lightly Toss the broccoli in the garlic butter. Top with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.   *Imagining people picking out broccoli at a farmer’s market by comparing the broccoli head size to their own face is making me smile already!

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