This broccoli, friends. THIS BROCCOLI, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL LIVING CREATURES. This is heavenly perfection when it comes steaming right from the oven (and I am not saying that just because I made it, though it kinda is a good reason).
I swear, even though you can serve this as a side dish, just a good serving of this gift of the Gods is a very filling and satisfying dinner. It’s also very quick and easy to make, not to mention cheap. I buy frozen broccoli cuts at Redner’s Warehouse Market for 1 dollar a pound, and I use it shamelessly on a lot of my cooking.
Also, my husband also happens to love broccoli. But even if he didn’t, I would still use it shamelessly on a lot of my cooking. I love him, but I love broccoli too and I refuse to hide it.
ANYWAY, my friends, let’s make a broccoli so ridiculously great, after you eat it you will have very indecent dreams in which you’ll eat it again. I kid you not.
- 1 big potato
- 1/2 lb frozen broccoli
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp cream cheese
- 1 cup cheese of your choice (I used cheddar and mozzarella)
- parmesan flakes
- italian herbs
- salt & pepper to taste
Now, please forgive me for not having pictures of the mashed potatoes, I was cooking this other lovely thing and… well, you know. Hungry husband, hungry cats, you get the picture.
Anyways, peel and cut the potato and boil until tender (15 min) in a pot with salted water. Drain and mash on a small bowl, with the butter and cream cheese. Salt and pepper to taste (a sprinkle of garlic powder also gives it a very nice hint!), mix well and reserve.
In a large pan, saute the broccoli with a little bit of olive oil and enjoy the smell of happiness. Stir and let cook until golden. You can also change the olive oil for a little bit of butter, if that makes you happier. I just prefer the olive oil because, you know, I come from a place where we descend from Romans, and anything Mediterranean makes me cry tears of joy.
Ah, the beauty of oil. Excuse me while I cry a little.
In a small oven dish, make a nice layer with the mashed potatoes. Season with love.
Next, throw in the veggie love. And the cheesy love. You know where I am going with this.
Parmesan, baby. And herbs. You will thank yourself later and so will anyone who eats this. Trust me.
Wait until it gets out of the oven!
And here you go! A lovely side for absolutely any dinner, easy to make, cheap and full of flavor. Now excuse us while we go devour this!