Nov 29, 2010

Sweet Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Citrus and Broccoli Rice

I have to come up with evil schemes to get my kid to eat broccoli. He hates it with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns. Confession booth open? Can’t say I’m crazy about it either—it’s not so much the flavor I don’t care for as it is the structure.

I only like to eat it when it’s added to something like my Pasta Gratin or Penne Rigate.

But I wanted to find more ways to cook it and actually like it. I’ve always been obsessive when it comes to finding ways to eat things I don’t really care for. It worked with bell peppers but absolutely didn’t work for cilantro, I still hate it.

This time I threw some rice and onions into the equation. Plus, I sweetened it with a home-made stir-fry syrup that I spiked with fresh notes such as lemon, ginger and garlic. Must admit we really liked it like this.


Ingredients:

1 pound broccoli 
2 small onions 
4 to 5 cups cooked rice
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups water
rind of 1 lemon
juice of 1/2 a lemon
thumb size piece of ginger 
3 garlic cloves (2 bruised and 1 grated)
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
salt and pepper


Directions:

First things first, the steamed rice. I use my rice steamer for it. Can’t imagine my life without my steamer.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Combine the sugar with the water.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Use a vegetable peeler on your lemon, that way you avoid getting too much of the white pithy stuff underneath. It can taste bitter. If you like a heavier lemon flavor go for the rind of 2 lemons.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Bruise two of the garlic cloves and peel and slice up the ginger. Add it to the sugar-water.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Dump 1/2 a tsp chili flakes in there for a little kick and spice it up with 1 tbsp soy sauce and 1 tbsp fish sauce.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Bring it to a boil, lower the heat and let it simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Stir now and then.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Cut really small florets of broccoli.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

And slice an onion in quart-rings.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

After roughly 20 to 25 minutes you will notice the syrup staying bubbly after stirring. Turn off the heat.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Sieve the syrup. It should make for a little less than a cup of syrup, it should be enough for 2 times. Store it in the fridge.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Heat 2 tbsp oil and sauté the onions over high heat for a minute or two before adding the broccoli florets.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Grate the garlic and add it to the skillet.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper and cook the broccoli until tender but with a bite, 5 minutes or so.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Pour half the sauce in there—more if you like it really sweet—and let it simmer for a minute.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Add 4 or 5 cups of cooked rice and squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon in there. Let it all heat through.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

I think it was the slight sweetness and the citrus flavor of the dish that worked miracles on the broccoli for us.
Citrus and Broccoli Rice

Serve it with something like chicken in sweet and sour sauce to get the full effect! Recipe to follow.

Sweet Citrus and Broccoli Rice
Ingredients
    1 pound broccoli
    2 small onions
    4 to 5 cups cooked rice
    2/3 cup sugar
    2 cups water
    rind of 1 lemon
    juice of 1/2 a lemon
    thumb size piece of ginger
    3 garlic cloves (2 bruised and 1 grated)
    1/2 tsp chili flakes
    1 tbsp soy sauce
    1 tbsp fish sauce
    salt and pepper
Directions
    Cook the rice in salted water.

    Combine the sugar, water, lemon peel, bruised garlic, peeled and sliced ginger, chili flakes, soy and fish sauce. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 20 to 25 minutes while stirring now and then, until it turned into a fragrant syrup.

    Cut the broccoli into very small florets and slice the onions in quart-rings.

    After roughly 20 to 25 minutes you will notice the syrup staying bubbly after stirring. Turn off the heat. Sieve the syrup.

    Heat 2 tbsp oil and sauté the onions over high heat for a minute or two before adding the broccoli florets and grated garlic. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper and cook the broccoli until tender but with a bite, 5 minutes or so.

    Pour half the sauce in there, let it simmer for a minute before adding the rice and squeeze in the lemon juice. Let the rice heat through.
Meal type: side dish
Servings: 4
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    18 Comments »

    1. 1

      It looks delicious!

      Lori on Nov 29, 2010 @ 7:47 pm Reply
    2. 2

      The problem with broccoli is to get the timing right. The florets don’t need much cooking but the stalks do so it’s always difficult.
      Your recipe sounds nommy.

      Karohemd on Nov 29, 2010 @ 10:33 pm Reply
    3. 3

      That looks yummy! I will definitely be trying that soon. I hear you about the cilantro – too many bad experiences with raw mango salad topped with too much cilantro. Blecch! It’s ruined me for the stuff, sadly.

      Jo on Nov 29, 2010 @ 10:45 pm Reply
    4. 4

      Does cilantro taste like soap to you?  It does for me, at least when its fresh – when it’s in a cooked dish, it doesn’t so much.  Anyway, there’s a reason for that:  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html

      janna on Nov 30, 2010 @ 3:35 am Reply
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      This looks good to me. I like broccoli with soy sauce and garlic and sugar — this looks like a great variation.

      There is an American broccoli salad from the 80’s that is sweet and savory — have you come across it? It’s in all of our church/club cookbooks from that era. (Yes, I AM an old lady…)
      It’s the kind of dish you find at carry-in (potluck, bring a covered dish) parties, and it is always eaten up by the end of the day.

      Combine:
      1 bunch raw broccoli florets, cut up small (4-6 cups)
      1/2 cup raisins
      1/2 cup sunflower seeds (salted or dry roasted)
      1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
      1/4 cup of red onion, chopped
      Add dressing made from:
      1 cup mayonnaise (Real Mayonnaise, of course)
      2 tablespoons vinegar
      1/4 cup sugar
      Chill and serve.

      So sorry for you, Kay, that you are cilantro-challenged. It’s delicious with all kinds of foods for, what, about half of eaters?

      Deb in Indiana on Nov 30, 2010 @ 5:02 am Reply
    6. 6

      Lovely recipe Kay..That citrus sauce with the rinds looks awesome..You should try and Indian recipe with coriander, that should convert you…

      Arch on Nov 30, 2010 @ 6:02 am Reply
    7. 7

      This rice looks really tasty. Can’t wait to try!

      Katrina on Nov 30, 2010 @ 9:14 pm Reply
    8. 8

      I was going to suggest the broccoli salad, but Deb from Indiana beat me to it!  That’s the same recipe I use, except I skip the raisins (it’s a textural thing for me).  It’s almost like a broccoli slaw, so I think of that recipe as more of a summer dish.  But I do get lots of requests to make it for get-togethers!  :-)  Yum, yum!

      Niteowl Nancy on Dec 1, 2010 @ 4:31 am Reply
    9. 9

      I fixed this rice for dinner last night and everyone loved it.  This isn’t the first recipe of yours that I’ve tried and I’ll bet won’t be the last.  Keep up the good work!

      deb ribbink on Dec 2, 2010 @ 2:21 am Reply
    10. 10

      My soon-to-be 18 year old daughter just walked by and saw the storyboard of the citrus cooking and said “ooh that looks good” – I’m lucky, because we all love the “little trees”, so this is on my menu for next week!
      p.s. Hi Kay! I’m still peeking in!

      Trish-in-MO on Dec 3, 2010 @ 3:47 pm Reply
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      Sounds like a perfect way to eat broccoli to me. I am not a big fan of eating broccoli in it’s natural form (i.e. just cooked) as that is just not doing the trick for me, but I love it in stirfries and this sounds like another great dish!

      Simone on Dec 5, 2010 @ 5:41 pm Reply
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      Also not a big broccoli lover, but I think your sweet syrup will make me eat anything!

      Marisa on Dec 7, 2010 @ 4:42 pm Reply
    13. 13

      I am a broccoli lover so I tried this but I didn’t like it very much. The sweet citrus taste was interesting but I prefer my broccoli steamed with no flavouring :)

      Lucia on Dec 8, 2010 @ 10:23 pm Reply
    14. 14

      @Lucia:

      I really can’t eat it just like that. I need some sort of sauce, any kind of flavor to go with it :)

      Kay on Dec 8, 2010 @ 10:39 pm Reply
    15. 15

      i have a cure for your hatred of cilantro..
      this recipe is best started in the morning
      get a few pounds of flank steak shaved, or fillet what ever drives you
      beat the crap out of it (mallet or fist)
      2 lg onions sliced any you like
      2-3 lbs of flank steak flattened and beaten into submission
      2 cups  cilantro
      4cloves of garlic
      1-2 cups mustard (any kind)
      put half of the meat in large rectangular oven dish, add the rings of  one sliced onion, 1 cup of cilantro leaves, the juice of 2 limes , half your mustard and half the garlic and S&P to taste
      repeat with remaining ingredients and chill for a day ( 4 hours will do as well)
      when its sat around for a while, chop everything up into bite size pieces
      heat large skillet(cast iron or non stick) with a few tsp of dry oil about medium heat
      cook meat mixture until it get to be a bit dry and crispy
      serve over potatoes or as i like to do in little corn tortillas with spicy jalapeno salsa verde all over it
      kinda like layered meat lasagna if you will..this is a loose recipe and and has a lot of room for the amount of ingredients you use..get funky and do whatever you like with so long as the basic items are in it, let me know how you like it! trust me cilantro changes when you cook it to death!  
      happy cooking….~sarah

      sarah on Feb 3, 2012 @ 10:41 pm Reply
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      just realized you need 4 limes for the entire dish..the juice of 2 per layer..sorry if im confusing a bit..im not a recipe writer..

      sarah on Feb 3, 2012 @ 10:43 pm Reply
    17. 17

      where can i find the recipe of your “chicken in sweet and sour sauce”
      you said recipe to follow but i didnt find it, hope you can post the link
      thanks, love your food im making this tomorrow!!!

      edith on Feb 13, 2012 @ 9:03 pm Reply
    18. 18

      i just made this today and it was delicious, easy and quick!!!
      i added some cubes of grill chicken breast for a full meal
      fantastic, kids love it!!!!
      thanks

      edith on Feb 16, 2012 @ 1:58 am Reply

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