Hooray! Today is the first day of fall! Even if it doesn’t look or feel much like it in San Diego, I am still excited that fall is on it’s way. It’s my favorite season of all the seasons, and no not just because of Pumpkin Spice Everything. I love fall for so many reasons! My wedding anniversary is in fall, I love the crisp weather, I love Halloween, pumpkin patches, hay rides, cinnamon, apple picking and the fact that the days get cooler and I can wear boots and leggings and scarves (sorta). I also LOVE the food! Lots of crockpot meals, slow cooking, root veggies and delicious flavors!
One of my favorite dishes to make is Creamy Garlic Broccoli, it’s Rachael Ray’s recipe and ever since I tried it, I’ve been in love, and I don’t even LIKE broccoli ya’ll! I crave this dish! I dream about this dish! I subject my broccoli hating family to this dish, and my husband actually eats it! I think that speaks for itself!
It’s such an easy dish, and a great way to doctor up broccoli that doesn’t involve cheese sauce or teriyaki! I am usually pretty limited to how to cook broccoli, so this is totally my go to dish!
Creamy Garlic Broccoli
- 2 large heads of broccoli, cut up into bite sized pieces
- 1 head of garlic, peeled (reserve about 5 gloves for slicing and sauteing)
- 2 cups of milk
- 3 bay leaves
- salt & pepper
- red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Start by simmering your milk over a medium heat. Add bay leaves, garlic cloves and salt and pepper to the milk. You want it to bubble and foam, but not boil and burn. Stir often and let it reduce by half, about an hour.
Once your milk mixture has thickened and reduced, you want to pour it into a fine mesh strainer, set over a bowl. Push the mixture through the strainer with a silicone spatula, scraping the sides down into the bowl. This is your creamy garlic sauce.
In a large pan heat the oil, and saute the sliced garlic for about a minute. Add broccoli and saute with garlic for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle some red pepper flakes over the top, add a splash of water and cover to help steam the broccoli for a few minutes. You want it to still be firm to the bite, but not hard and raw.
Remove the broccoli from the pan and toss with the creamy sauce mixture, and serve.
This dish has such WOW factor! It’s perfect for a dinner party, holiday side dish, or just as a great addition to your family dinners! It would definitely be welcome on my Thanksgiving table this year, and it’s so easy and affordable as well! You could even make it ahead and bring it in a big casserole dish to heat up in the oven just before dinner!
What are your go to side dishes for Fall?