I had so much fun turning cauliflower into couscous that I wondered what other vegetable might be good to whirl in a food processor. Broccoli came to mind when I spied Mollie Katzen’s “Mashed Broccoli” recipe as I was paging through her new vegetarian cookbook The Heart of the Plate.
According to many sources, including The World’s Healthiest Foods, broccoli is a super-food that we should eat at least once a week. But not everyone likes it or enjoys biting into a big green floret.
The beauty of my recipe is that the broccoli is steamed with garlic and then whirled in a food processor into tasty bits that almost disappear when added to other dishes. That means you can covertly add broccoli to individual bowls of pasta (how about green mac ‘n’ cheese?), chili, salads of all kinds, and so on. Or you can let it star: Mix it with brown rice, diced tofu, prepared mustard, roasted sunflower seeds, and hot sauce for a vegan one-bowl meal.
Garlicky Broccoli Bits
- Fresh broccoli, cut into egg-size pieces
- Garlic cloves, sliced
- Salt and pepper
- Bring an inch of water to a rolling boil in a covered pot. Put the broccoli in one layer in a steamer basket. Set the garlic among the broccoli. Place the steamer basket in the pot. Steam, covered, for 4 minutes. Drain, reserving cooking liquid.
- When cool enough to touch, add broccoli, garlic, and some broccoli cooking liquid to a food processor. Whirl into tiny bits, adding more cooking liquid as needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper.