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Old 06-27-2012, 07:33 PM
 
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I used to love my grocery deli's broccoli salad, but then they changed the recipe and started making it with what is either sugar or Miracle Whip. Ick.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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To those who find brocolli bitter:

The raw broc does have a bitter aftertaste, and if you overcook it, it gets pungeant-smelling. A person's sense of taste, works in conjunction with their sense of smell. So if something smells unpleasant to them, it is less likely to taste good.

The trick to a "sweet"-tasting broc is to -lightly- steam it until it just starts to get tender, and take it out of the water before it actually gets tender. It should still crunch, somewhat like the consistancy of chewing on a walnut. An almost-crunch. Not a stale bread or crouton crunch, but not a limp, soft consistancy either. What you might call a "tender" crunch.

If you can get it like that, you'll find that you might notice a little sweetness, and only a very vague hint that it might have once been bitter.

Once you get it to that texture, you can do pretty much anything with it. Add it to chicken alfredo, or mix it into your shrimp with garlic sauce, smother it with cheese sauce, put it in a dish with a dash of olive oil, some seriously crunchy dehydrated minced garlic, and a pinch of slivered almonds.

The key is in the steaming.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:54 PM
 
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Paula Deen's Down Home Broccoli Casserole

- Brine 1lb (or less) broccoli in 2 cups simple syrup for 48 hours.
- Puree brined broccoli in food processor with simple syrup, a stick of buttah, and 3 cups Strawberry Quik powder, y'awll. (reserve 1 cup)
- Place in edible casserole dish and cover with 2 pounds smoked gouda cheese.
- Garnish with snickerdoodle cookies, thin mints, and marshmallow peeps.
- Combine reserved cup of Strawberry Quik with 2 cups heavy cream and drink immediately.

Broil for 1 hour or until peeps beg for mercy or insulin.
This recipe can be doubled if serving 2 people.
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Paula Deen's Down Home Broccoli Casserole

- Brine 1lb (or less) broccoli in 2 cups simple syrup for 48 hours.
- Puree brined broccoli in food processor with simple syrup, a stick of buttah, and 3 cups Strawberry Quik powder, y'awll. (reserve 1 cup)
- Place in edible casserole dish and cover with 2 pounds smoked gouda cheese.
- Garnish with snickerdoodle cookies, thin mints, and marshmallow peeps.
- Combine reserved cup of Strawberry Quik with 2 cups heavy cream and drink immediately.

Broil for 1 hour or until peeps beg for mercy or insulin.
This recipe can be doubled if serving 2 people.
Strawberry quick??? This sounds like a very sweet dish. I also think you are pulling my leg
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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Don't Care For Broccoli? A Bitter Taste Receptor Gene's Variation Suggests An Evolutionary Excuse
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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also you have to use broccoli very fresh,. If you hold it in the fridge too long the florets start to turn yellow and then it is really bitter.
I put broccoli in every pasta salad. I blanch it first. this turns it really bright green and it is still crisp.

I bet I serve broccoli 2-4 times a week in some form or other. cauliflower is too expensive to use unless it is on sale.

all 4 of my kids grew up eating tons of broccoli. My mother lived with us for about 10 years. She was a meat and potatoes cook and I rebelled by trying lots of different recipes and vegetables.
After she had been in my house 1 month she said "I've had more broccoli in 1 month at your house than I've had in my whole life." She was 66 years old.
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