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    Broccoli Boutonnieres and Buttons

    Broccoli Boutonnieres and Buttons. Photo by White Rose Child

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    TasteTester's Note:

    This broccoli recipe makes an attractive presentation for a dinner party or holiday. The sauce also gives the broccoli a little extra touch of flavor that brightens this side dish.

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    1. 1
      Trim leaves and tough ends from broccoli stalks. Cut broccoli into flowerets by removing each head to include a small piece of stem. Cut off the stem and peel it with a vegetable peeler, then cut crosswise into 1/8-inch pieces to make "buttons.".
    2. 2
      To steam broccoli, rinse flowerets and "buttons." Place steamer basket in large saucepan; add 1 inch of water. (Water should not touch bottom of basket.) Place "buttons" in steamer; top with flowerets and cover. Bring to a boil over high heat; steam 5-7 minutes until bright green and crisp-tender.
    3. 3
      Meanwhile, combine lemon juice and cornstarch in small saucepan. Stir in chicken broth and cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and begins to boil, stirring constantly.
    4. 4
      Arrange "buttons" around edge of warm serving plate. Place flowerets in center. Drizzle with lemon juice sauce; season with pepper. Garnish with orange slices, if desired. Serve immediately.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 03, 2008


      What a cute name for a great recipe! I prefer the "buttons" since they are so crunchy but love it all in this dish... I steamed mine for only 4 minutes to make sure they were not overcooked. I really liked the sauce, but it made twice as much as we needed... just wanted to dress the broccoli, not drown it! I will add more lemon juice next time since we like our broccoli tangy... and I did add in a pat of butter for a really luxurious feel/taste to the sauce... Thanks for posting!!!

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    • on May 01, 2008


      Wasn't it the Senior George Bush who stated he hates broccoli? The man probably never had broccoli fixed this way! Very easy to make - even the buttons - steamed to broccoli perfection. The sauce adds just the right lemony flavor. Thanks for posting. Made for Pac, Spring 2008

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    • on January 31, 2008


      Nice and simple, and the hint of lemonyness in the sauce goes well with the broccoli. I used veggie broth and a few extra herbs.

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    Nutritional Facts for Broccoli Boutonnieres and Buttons

    Serving Size: 1 (90 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 22.4
    Calories from Fat 3
    Total Fat 0.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 139.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    Sugars 0.5 g
    Protein 1.5 g

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