I love few things more than steamed vegetables. Fresh and flavorful, they melt in your mouth, yet still have a satisfying crunch to the finish. (this all depends on how you like yours steamed, I like a tad bit of life left to mine) I often find myself craving these to accompany a steak, a roast chicken, or even a casserole. They are a treat in my house, and always seem to disappear quickly.
One of the favorite vegetables that people of all ages seem to most enjoy when tickled by steam is broccoli. Some like it with cheese sauce, others with just salt and butter. I like it with a different condiment of sorts, something that is fresh and clean and oh so satisfying. An Ingredient that most wouldn’t consider pairing with steamed broccoli: The Carrot. It adds a lovely note of sweetness to the sultry and rich unctuous broccoli. Yum.
Don’t get me wrong, if it were just hunks of carrot, I might be put off too, after all, most people have a bad taste in their mouth from those gummy carrots that may have been in your mother or grandmother’s dry pot roast. This is not the carrot that I refer to. I have a magic tool, purchased from a kitchen supply store in my travels as a curiosity more than anything. The Easy Carrot Curler has become one of my favorite tools for dealing with carrots on a culinary level. You use it exactly like a pencil sharpener, and it creates lovely, easy to cook and chop shavings of carrot. I now am not afraid to cook with carrots as much because I know that I can create these beautiful little shavings of carotene rich goodness. They’re great for Salads (so much easier to spear with your fork!) Coleslaws, Stir Fries, and soups. They also make match-sticking carrots a breeze. (I’m in love with this thing and I hesitate to think of what I would do without it now)
- Heat your steamer pot to temperature and when it starts steaming, turn it down and immediately add your broccoli and carrots (I generally make two 5 inch heads of broccoli and one shaved carrot – sliced roughly into 1.5 or 2 inch slices for two to three people)
- Steam for 6-6.5 minutes on medium heat and remove from the heat as soon as your timer goes off.
- Place in a serving bowl and add half of the following, stir, then add the other half and stir: 1.5-2Tbsp Butter or margarine, 1/8-1/4 tsp garlic powder (a little goes a long way) and salt to taste (start with 1 tsp) stir well
- Enjoy immediately.