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celebrating the glories of eating in brooklyn. from the gut.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Tip of the Day: Broccoli Stems

Did you know you can eat the stem of broccoli? Simply peel away the tough outer layer with a sharp knife or vegetable peeler and slice it. It's delcicious. I also eat the leaves of the broccoli.

My favorite way to eat broccoli is also quite simple. Boil the broccoli florets, slices of stem and leaves in salted water. Drain and set aside. Saute some garlic in olive oil with some hot pepper flakes. Add the broccoli, stem and leaves and saute a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Freshly grated parmiggiano and a squirt of lemon juice are optional. This is a flexible recipe and can be made to your tastes. Enjoy.

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