How to Give Flavor to Steamed Broccoli

by Blake Guthrie

Steaming broccoli brings out more of its natural flavor than eating the vegetable raw, but for many taste buds that's not enough. A simple saute mix or sauce topping is all it takes to bring some savoriness to steamed broccoli. Chances are you already have some complementary ingredients in your kitchen to help punch up this super food.

A Good Combination

Some vegetables tend to go well with a certain combination of ingredients. For broccoli, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice will do the trick nicely. While the broccoli is steaming, saute some minced garlic with olive oil, lemon juice and a dash of salt and pepper in a separate pan. When the broccoli and the garlic mix are done, toss them together in a bowl.

Other Options

A classic complement for steamed broccoli is cheddar cheese sauce, which has a base made out of cheddar, milk and flour. Simply top the broccoli with the cheese sauce when you plate it. Topping or tossing it with butter also gives broccoli a flavor boost. Add a few dashes of pepper sauce if you prefer your broccoli spicy as well as buttery.

About the Author

Blake Guthrie is a freelance writer and award-winning singer/songwriter based in Atlanta, GA. He has won–-or been a finalist in–-numerous songwriting competitions, including the Top Ten, the Eddies Attic Open Mic Shootout, the Independent Music Awards, the KRCL Performing Songwriter Showcase (Top Ten) and the International Songwriting Competition. For two-years in a row he was selected as “Critics Choice” for “Best Singer/Songwriter in Atlanta” by Creative Loafing, the largest newsweekly in the Southeast (this was BEFORE he started writing for the magazine). He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

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