Broccoli with Browned Butter

Now that I’ve returned to the land of the non-vacationing, I’m excited to catch up a little.

I got this recipe from a friend of a friend, as we talked on the 40th floor of a Manhattan skyrise. She whispered it to me like it was one of the best secrets in the world, and I think she’s right. Luckily, this side can be ready quickly, so it’s frequently on our dinner table–and all the broccoli is always eaten.

Broccoli with Browned Butter

2 bunches of broccoli, florets cut off, and stems peeled and cut into 1/2″ chunks (if using)
2-3 T. butter, salted

Steam the broccoli in a steaming basket over a pot or in the microwave with a little water for 7-8 minutes. (It’s important to not steam it for longer than 9 minutes, because at that point, broccoli starts turning the sickly color of puce instead of staying bright.) Immediately remove the broccoli from the heat source (take the lid off the steamer basket if using), and place in a serving bowl.

Meanwhile, in a small pan over medium heat, melt the butter, shaking the handle gently, until the butter has browned, but being careful not to let it burn. Definitely stand over it the first time, and adjust the heat if it’s browning too quickly or not fast enough. As soon as it starts to brown, remove it from the heat and pour it over the broccoli. Delish! Serves about 3-4 people.

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