The hottest kitchen gadget on the market? The spiral slicer, found online or at specialty cookware markets. Author Ali Maffucci’s new cookbook, Inspiralized, is a treasure trove of veggie noodles just waiting to make dinner healthier. Welcome to your favorite new way to use broccoli stems!
My grandfather makes an unbelievably simple dish with garlic, olive oil, and broccoli. Basically, the broccoli floats in a pool of olive oil; when you pierce a floret with your fork, you have to let it drip-dry for a moment before eating it! As much as I love his version, it always leaves me with a slight tummy ache. This recipe brings in extra flavor from the bacon while minimizing the amount of olive oil. Also, it uses the entire broccoli, stem and all! It’s a recipe that showcases the extreme versatility of the spiralizer and what it empowers you to make out of everyday vegetables.
- 3 large heads broccoli with stems, with florets separated from stems and stems spiralized using blade C to create broccoli noodles (this recipe also works well with zucchini)
- Cooking spray
- 6 slices bacon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper
- 5 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- Juice of 1 lemon and zest of 1/2 of a lemon
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Fill a large saucepan halfway with salted water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli florets and broccoli noodles. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Drain and pat dry.
- Place a large skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. When water flicked onto the skillet sizzles, add the bacon slices in an even layer, working in batches if needed, and cook for 3 minutes per side or until browned and crisp to your liking. Set aside on a paper-towel-lined plate to drain, then crumble.
- Wipe out the skillet, return it to medium heat, and add the olive oil. When the oil is shimmering, add the broccoli florets, broccoli noodles, and red-pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 2 minutes, uncovering occasionally to toss. Add the garlic, lemon juice, and zest; cover and cook for another 5 minutes or until the broccoli is lightly browned.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheese and bacon. Toss to combine and serve warm.
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