Braised Broccoli with Garlic

broccoliAs we move into the fall, it’s time to search out vegetables that can add not only a healthy element to a meal but create colorful variety. Julia Deane, owner of Culinary Works, shares with us a simple and easy way to please your family and friends. This serves many but its easy to cut the recipe down if its just a couple of you.
Braised Broccoli with Garlic
2 large heads broccoli – preferably organic
3-4 cloves garlic
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper
2 cups Chicken Broth – preferably organic
Trim the bottom stalk off the broccoli and cut it into even size florets, about 1.5 inches in diameter and 3-4 inches long. Gently smash the garlic to peel the skin and slice each clove, set aside.  Preheat your largest skillet over medium heat and add a very generous coating of olive oil.  Then add more olive oil, because guarantee you did not add enough the first time, it makes a difference. Add your broccoli and sauté it for 2-3 minutes, season generously with salt and pepper.  Add your garlic to broccoli and continue to sauté for 1-2 minutes or until you smell the garlic.  DO NOT let it burn.  Add your broth and cover with tight fitting lid. Let cook for 10-12 minutes, taste, check for doneness and re-season if necessary. You may need to add more broth – just check it a few times.
Welcome Julia to our list of chef contributors
Julia Deane of Culinary Works lives and works locally and has had a passion for food from an early age. She began her culinary career as a young child baking in the kitchen with her mother and brothers. Lessons learned from baking pies and cakes  has lead to experimenting with various foods and cooking techniques throughout her career. “I believe the best method of learning is through practical experience in the kitchen. I truly enjoy helping others learn how to become better cooks for themselves and for their loved ones. It makes for a happier and healthier table. There is something to be said for coming together, cooking and sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labor.” says Julia. We look forward to many delicious recipes to come!