Tonight, I am making a very simple variation on broccoli and using broccolini. Broccolini is very similar to broccoli, but it has a longer stem and smaller florets (the top part). I really prefer it over broccoli if I have the option. It also seems more lady-like, but gender aside, I also prefer the texture over regular broccoli.
Lemon Zested Sautéed Broccolini
1 bunch of broccolini (washed with ends trimmed)
lemon zest (to taste)
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
2 cloves garlic - diced
Instructions: First, blanch the broccolini in large pot of salted boiling water for approximately 2-3 minutes. Then drain them in a colander and put them in a bowl of ice and some water (an ice bath).
Then add butter or olive oil to the sauté pan and add in the garlic with the lemon zest, let that get awesome for about a minute, and then add the broccolini (just the broccolini, not the ice bath). Sauté for about 3-5 minutes (more towards 5 if you like it crispier). Add the salt and the pepper, and if you like, some lemon juice (that's up to you). Toss it so it gets awesome all over, then let it sit a few minutes and then, you can enjoy.
Large stock pot with salted water fixing to boil.
Ice Bath ready to go.
Broccolini with ends chopped.
lemon zest, chopped garlic, and lemon juice.
Water boiling. Time to add the broccolini!
Broccolini being blanched for about 2 minutes.
Broccolini in ice bath, just chillin.
I put the iced broccolini in the steak juices to sauté...yay.
Finished broccolini. Deeeeelicious. I added the lemon juice.
Finished meal. Delicious. I cooked the steak about 2-3 minutes a side, more if you like it not rare. (more filliping, not more per side all at once, to be clear.)
Happy Fourth of July!!!!