Coaxing the ultimate flavor from broccoli requires very little: a big, fresh, bright bunch of the same, some fruity olive oil, a few spoonfuls of grated Parmesan, and a leisurely bit of time on the range. You could also use cauliflower or a combination of the two.
Set a heavy 9- to 10-inch skillet over medium heat with the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the broccoli and sauté, stirring frequently, until it turns bright green, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and reduce the heat to low so you hear a steady low to medium sizzle.
Cook the broccoli, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, lowering the heat at any point if it gets too brown (a crackling sound indicates the heat is too high and that the broccoli may start to burn). Reduce the heat to very low and continue cooking until the broccoli is unevenly browned and tender but not mushy, another 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the broccoli to a warm serving bowl, toss with the grated cheese, taste for salt and pepper, and serve.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on four servings, Calories
22, Fat Calories
200, Saturated Fat
8, Monounsaturated Fat
11, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Sarah Jay