Monday, May 30, 2011

Recipe: Steamed Balsamic Broccoli

Here is an easy side that is great with a variety of grilled meats from steak to pork to chicken.  It cooks in less than ten minutes and at it simplest could have only 3 ingredients.  A few notes, the onions and peanuts are completely optional but I like the texture they give the dish.  The time it takes to steam will also vary depending on the amount of broccoli but you are looking at somewhere between 4-6 minutes.  Don't be afraid to give it a taste and check to see how its doing.  Finally, feel free to cut the broccoli as small as you want.  I like to keep the florets fairly large as I like the way it looks and steams but feel free to cut it smaller.

You will need:
~1.5 pounds broccoli, cut into florets
1 cooking onion, or small yellow onion
3-4 Tablespoons Light Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing
1/4 cup water
Small handful of peanuts crushed fine
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

Begin by cutting the onion and the broccoli.  Heat a small amount of oil in a large saute pan and add the onions, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Saute the onions until they just begin to soften.  Add the broccoli florets and the balsamic dressing, stir to combine.  Add the water and cover pan.  Allow to steam for 4-6 minutes or until broccoli is cooked but still crisp.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately, topping with crushed peanuts if desired.

Serves ~4

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