Sauteed Broccoli with Garlic

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With Thanksgiving coming up I have been on the search for tasty side dishes that might be not the traditional foods we are used to. We all love broccoli here, something I never thought I would say (thank goodness for developing pallets as the kids got older) so my thoughts of course jumped to this versatile veggie.

I wanted to make sure it was flavorful but easy to make. I mean who wants to be slaving away in the kitchen all day on Thanksgiving when everyone else is enjoying some wine and being social right? I like to come up with sides that you can either make ahead and reheat right before the meal or, ones that will take just a few moments to whip up at the last minute. This recipe is simple and easy to make but fits that bill. You will be able to enjoy the day AND get a meal on the table that everyone will love!

We enjoy a lot of garlic here, if you prefer you can reduce the amount of garlic to suit your families tastes.

Sauteed Broccoli with Garlic

  • 1 pound broccoli
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large pinch dried red chili flakes, or to taste
  • Kosher salt to taste

Cut the broccoli into 1 1/2-inch florets. In a large pot of salted water, cook the broccoli until tender about 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and refresh the broccoli under cold running water.
When ready to serve, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the chili flakes and saute for 30 seconds more. Add the broccoli and saute over high heat, tossing until heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt. Serve immediately
Serves 4
What could be any easier than that?

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About Bobbi Burleson

Mom to 2 kiddos and one little Westhighland Terrier. A So Cal girl at heart, I now live with my boyfriend/sous chef in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am a writer, recipe developer, photographer, and lover of wildlife, the out of doors, and scrapbooking. My philosophy is to hold those you love close and enjoy each and every moment you can. Oh, and eat mac and cheese, you can never have too much mac and cheese!

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