Broccoli With Caramelized Shallots
If you are looking for a side dish that takes the "boring" out of broccoli, this recipe is for you.
Broccoli makes an ideal vitamin-packed side dish that packs a healthy punch. Studies have shown that consuming more plant foods like broccoli decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting healthy skin and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight. Plus, eating a large amount of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli has been associated with a lower risk of cancer.
If that is not enough reason to add broccoli to your grocery list, try it seasoned with roasted shallots and toasted walnuts. It makes a delicious hearty side dish or light summer meal.
2 tablespoons walnut pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup sliced shallots, thinly sliced (4 to 5 large shallots)
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 bunch broccoli, (1 1/2 pounds), cut into florets (5 cups)
Preheat oven to 450F.
Place walnuts in a pie plate and toast in the oven 5 minutes, or until fragrant. Transfer to a small bowl.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.
Add shallots and cook, stirring often, until deep golden brown, about 10 minutes. (Add a tablespoon or two of water if the mixture gets too dry.)
Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, cook broccoli in boiling salted water until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
Drain the broccoli and add to the shallots in the skillet; toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with the toasted walnuts.