Whether you use fresh or frozen broccoli, this is a quick and delicious side dish that compliments simply roasted meat very well.

2 bunches of broccoli
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 – 2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup water
Salt
Pepper

Wash the broccoli and cut the flowerets off and into 1-1/2 inch pieces. Slice the stems into 1/4-inch slices, discarding any tough or discolored pieces.

If you’re using frozen broccoli, there is no need to thaw before cooking. Whether using fresh or frozen broccoli, steam the broccoli for 5 minutes. Remove the broccoli from the steamer and refresh under cold water. Drain the broccoli very well.

Peel and finely chop the garlic. Place the olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic. Stirring frequently, cook the garlic until it is golden and fragrant. Add the broccoli and water. Season with pepper to taste.

Increase the heat to medium/medium-high and cook the broccoli for approximately 5 minutes, until it is tender. Remove the broccoli from the heat and add the butter. Gently toss the broccoli to distribute the butter. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the broccoli before serving.

Yield: 8 servings

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