Wait a minute...didn’t I just have a big leafy green vegetable with broccoli hidden in the title? Yes, but this broccolini is mighty different from that slightly bitter one. I’ll admit I didn’t know the difference until an infamous episode of little cooking show and one tall fella. But the poor guy has had enough grief over one dish, so instead of discussing the horror, I just wondered where I could find some of this stuff and what it should taste like.
When I saw it at the local farmer’s market, I decided to give it a go. This very simple recipe could be used interchangeably with any number of greens, including that broccoli rabe. It’s a great introduction to the different flavors this dish has. If you have some more elaborate recipes, I’d love to hear them.
1 bunch broccolini, ends removed
2 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons canola oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Toss in the broccolini and cook until bright green. About 5 minutes. Drain in a colander when done.
Heat the oil in a medium hot pan. When ready, toss in the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for one minute and then add the broccolini to the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes, season with salt and pepper, and then serve up.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14g||18%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 4g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 23mg||114%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|