Here’s another great recipe from Fine Cooking. I usually just steam broccoli and season with salt and pepper but I decided to try this recipe and I am so glad I did. The kalamata olives and lemon along with the garlic made this dish so flavorful and delicious. I adapted it a bit by adding much less oil to make it healthier. My son loved it and so did my husband and me. My daughter thought it was a bit too tangy but she ate it anyway. It’s nice to find a new way to make an old favorite.
Broccoli with Kalamata Olives, Garlic, and Lemon:
- 1 lb of broccoli florets, cleaned and trimmed
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 10-12 kalamata olives (or more if you want)
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
In a large pot (one that accommodates your steamer), bring about 2 inches of water to a boil. Place cleaned and trimmed broccoli florets into the steamer basket and cover with a lid. Cook until the broccoli is JUST cooked, about 3-5 minutes. I like my broccoli a bit crisp so cook longer if you want it more tender. Once the broccoli has cooked, set it aside.
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the olives, garlic, and oregano. Cook, stirring frequently for about 1 minute. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, steamed broccoli florets, and sea salt and pepper to taste. Gently mix the broccoli until well coated. Serve and enjoy.