If you think Alfredo sauce- that divine mixture of butter, cheese and cream-takes time and patience and is best left to those in white toques, this 15 minute recipe may change your mind. The recipe is courtesy Real Simple Solutions.
Adapted from a Chinese cookbook by Jim Lee that was published around 1970. This is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks; I was introduced to it by friends who were Chinese students I knew at University of Virginia. The gai laan which the Chinese eat is not actually broccoli, but broccoli is a good substitute which works well in America, where most of us don't have access to gai laan.
This is a quick, healthy and very flavorful dish that you start by stir frying then end by steaming.
The slurry is optional. It gives the sauce a nice thickness.
I used Lee Kum Kee black bean garlic sauce and added 3 cloves of garlic so this is for garlic lovers. The vegetables are full of flavor and crisp! You can steam longer if you enjoy softer vegetables.
I was feeling creative last night...needed a veggie side dish and this is what I came up with. DH insisted I need to post this since he knows I'll never write it down, hence he'll never get to have it again otherwise!
I adopted this recipe when another chef left the site. The text from my original review stated, "I just made this for my lunch. Yum! I had a smaller portion of broccoli, and therefore downsized the recipe. The flavors are awesome together. I used all fresh ingredients (no bottled lemon juice here!). Since I was cooking only for myself, I prepared the lemon garlic butter in a small saute pan and then tossed the broccoli in that pan to coat it. (No need to dirty a serving dish for just me!) I can't wait to prepare this for others. The lemon garlic butter lends this to be a great side for fish...I am thinking grilled salmon would be great." I have since prepared this as a side dish for a multitude of meals. I love the broccoli, lemon, garlic combo.