Thursday, April 29, 2010

Double Take: Stir Fried Broccoli

The present double take bounced around a lot. At first I chose, garlic smashed potatoes...Yummy sounding but red potatoes aren't in season yet and garlic is on its last legs for a couple more months before the new harvest. I'd been contemplating making Chinese Bao Tze (a form of puffy dumpling) for a while and in flipping through the side dishes, stir fried broccoli seemed like a good pairing. Plus, it was on the list of things Jason, Mel and I would try. Off we go.

The recipe did not include what I would've expected. For starters, I thought, broccoli and soy saue with something else, right? Wrong. How about broccoli, vegetable oil, sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, chicken broth, and ginger? Different and quick.

How to: If your sesame seeds aren't toasted, toss them in a pan with a little oil for a minute or two, while stirring. Remove the sesame seeds for later use. Then, cook the ginger in the vegetable oil until lightly browned. Toss in the broccoli and cook another minutes. Pour in the chicken broth, turn down the heat to medium/low and let cook slowly. Toss in the toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil. Voila.

Assessment: Bland. Doesn't need salt but it seems like it needs something. The mild flavor went well with the spicy Bao Tze but I would probably prefer to find an alternate broccoli recipe. Kyndra liked it. Ruthann and I thought it was missing something.

Check out Mel's thoughts at Fabulously Fun Food!

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