Broccoli is one of those vegetables you either love or hate. My children didn't like it when they were little. Yes, I had to repeat the infamous phrase, "eat your broccoli", every time I put it on the table. They eventually grew up to love broccoli. So, there's your hope! Sesame broccoli is one of our favorite ways to eat it. Blanch (or steam) the broccoli, and dress it with generous amounts of sesame oil and sesame seeds. There you have it - a quick side dish that's nutty, crunchy, and delicious! Eat your broccoli!
1 pound broccoli
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, roasted and crushed*
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
salt to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon)
(*In a pan, roast sesame seeds over medium low heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Then, crush the seeds in a blender or grounder by pulsing them a couple of times.)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the salt and broccoli, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until it reaches the desired tenderness.
Drain, and immediately shock in cold water to stop cooking. Drain well.