Someone asked if I clean the fridge before I take the photos. Usually, no. If I think about it, I will do a sweep of old leftovers and things past their prime on Wednesday or Thursday evening when I am cleaning up and washing dishes after dinner. Otherwise, I usually just throw open the doors (LOVE the French doors on this new fridge...enough that I wanted to replace the "O" in "LOVE" with a heart, but didn't know how to do that) and snap a pic. Today, I did pull the broccoli from the crisper drawer before I clicked the shutter. Otherwise, you wouldn't have been able to see the main ingredient for today's recipe.
Broccoli with Buttered Pecans is a fabulous way to dress up a plain old vegetable. Let's face it; many won't touch cooked broccoli without cheese sauce. In our house, Hubs has given his seal of approval for Pureed Broccoli, but our favorite preparation would be roasted with garlic and finished with a squeeze of lemon. However, you don't have to be Paula Deen to quickly saute steamed broccoli in butter with the nutty benefit of pecans. After all, it isn't *that much* butter. Just a pat. Just enough to balance with the crisp earthy flavors of the fresh, green broccoli. And, PECANS. Who doesn't like pecans? Well, maybe those with nut allergies. Sorry. Maybe then cheese sauce might be better. But, as for me, I won't turn down Broccoli with Buttered Pecans On My Plate.
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons chopped pecans
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
Arrange broccoli in a steamer basket over boiling water.
Cover and steam 4 minutes, or until tender-crisp.
Plunge the broccoli into an ice bath to stop the cooking; drain well.
Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick skillet on high.
Add the pecans and reduce heat to medium.
Stir or shake the pan for about 5 minutes until the nuts are toasted and fragrant. (Watch carefully; the oils in the nuts burn easily.)
Remove pecans from skillet and set aside.
Melt butter in same large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
Add broccoli, and pecans.
Season with salt and pepper.
Saute lightly, stirring gently, 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. (Serves 4)