One of the veggies I try to eat on a regular bases for general good health is Broccoli. Broccoli poses a few issues in our house. I seem to be the only one who truly appreciates Broccoli. I like it raw as part of a vegetable dipping platter, especially during the holidays. It’s so easy to make Christmas-themed vegetable platters when working with broccoli. My guys don’t mind broccoli as part of a stir-fry supper. However, when I’m serving a big plate of broccoli as the vegetable side of the evening, it usually receives a lukewarm reception. The one exception is when the broccoli is burred beneath an ocean of cheese sauce. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good cheese sauce same as the next guy. But I also like broccoli all naked and green.
One thing we can all agree upon is the flavor of oranges. When I came across this recipe for braised broccoli in an orange cream sauce, I knew instantly we needed to add this to our collection. Hopefully your family will love it as much as we do.
Braised Broccoli with Orange Cream Sauce
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 cups broccoli florets cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 tablespoon orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
In 4-quart Dutch pan bring water and 3/4 teaspoon salt to boiling.
Add broccoli. Return to a boil and cook, covered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Drain broccoli and transfer to a serving bowl.
To the now empty pan, add the cream, juice, and 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper. Heat through over medium heat.
Spoon orange cream over broccoli; sprinkle almonds. Serve and enjoy.