The search continues for broccoli that both My Boy (er… young man…. almost 15!) and I both like. Mr. Bigg Sis is not at all picky, (one of his many fine qualities), but ever since I was pregnant with My Young Man broccoli has fallen to the bottom of my vegetable list. But it is SO very good for you that I simply can’t forget about it. I have roasted broccoli before to good effect, but My Young Man was not sold on plain roasted broccoli. He does love Asian flavors however and perhaps the combo of flavor and roasting would please us both!
I decided to try a teriyaki sauce and a google of said delicacy led me quickly to an easy version from allrecipes.com:
2/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup cooking sherry
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
I cut the sugar in half and used vermouth instead of sherry because I recently substituted vermouth for madeira and figured that would work here as well. I also used granulated garlic because I was out of fresh, but normally would definitely opt for fresh whenever possible.
To make teriyaki broccoli, preheat oven to 400. Cut broccoli in bite sized chunks. Mix teriyaki sauce and toss with broccoli. don’t over do the amount of sauce. It should be a light coating on the broccoli. Pour onto a baking sheet and roast for about 15 minutes – checking at 10 minutes for your preferred level of done-ness / tenderness.
The brown you see on the broccoli is teriyaki sauce sunk in – not burning.
And if you are chopping and roasting, might as well throw in a pan of red potatoes cut in fry-like shapes, and roasted with oil, salt and pepper. For me, I then know that My Young Man will enjoy something on the plate!
I also had some chicken and doused that with teriyaki and baked at 400 for about 15 minutes. One oven, 3 dishes, reduced stank, happy eaters. My Young Man says this is the best way he has ever eaten broccoli (although he still wouldn’t choose it over potatoes). Any positive comment about broccoli is a very welcome thing and noted as a success!
Other broccoli dishes?
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