Eat your broccoli

11 Sep

This is the truth, food is good. Broccoli tastes good because it’s fresh and bright and vibrant. It’s hard to taste broccoli when it’s being covered up by cheese and potatoes and other crazy things. What? You don’t like broccoli? May be you’ve only had overcooked frozen broccoli. Is your most recent memory of broccoli one that is mushy and unpleasant? Did the broccoli have a odd army drab color? If you answered yes to any of these questions then my friend you don’t know broccoli. Try some fresh broccoli. You can find it in the produce department.

To cook broccoli, first cut the fresh heads into 1- 1 1/2 inch pieces. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add a good amount of salt. Add broccoli to the water and cook until the florets are bright green and can easily be pierced with a paring knife. Have large bowl filled with ice water ready to go. Once the broccoli is cooked transfer it directly into the ice water bath. This will stop the cooking and preserve the bright green color. To reheat, sauté over medium heat in a little olive oil.

How many ingredients does it take to make broccoli soup? Well, if you are reading the back of the Campbell’s condensed version, probably a dozen or so. I bet you can’t pronounce some of the them either. Now, if you know me well you know that I love Gordon Ramsey. He has a philosophy that is similar to my own. Take good food and only add the minimum to make that ingredient shine.

Gordon Ramsey has a show called Kitchen Nightmares. In one of the episodes, he asked a “chef” of a restaurant to make broccoli soup. How many ingredients did it take? Twelve. Twelve ingredients to make broccoli soup! When Gordon made it it took three. Broccoli, water, and salt.

Want to make the soup? Follow the directions for blanching (above), but don’t shock in an ice bath. Instead, put the broccoli into a blender or food processor and add some of the cooking water (about 1 cup). Blend until smooth, added more water as necessary to achieve the perfect consistency. If you want something a little richer, when the soup has been blended swirl a tablespoon of heavy cream into each serving bowl.

So I dare you. Make some 3 ingredient broccoli soup, or just have some sautéed, but have some. If you become a convert, try this technique with other veggies that you think you don’t like. Leeks, carrots, corn, red peppers all work fantastically.

always thinking of the next meal,

Katie

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