At the end of March 2011, we decided it was about time we grew up and ate some of the vegetables we had both avoided as much as possible when we were younger - that meant it was time to take the plunge, go to Fethiye market and purchase the dreaded broccoli. We made yoğurtlu brokoli and discovered that broccoli wasn't as painful as we remembered, and was even quite enjoyable.
So enjoyable, in fact, that broccoli is again in season and yesterday we bought another broccoli tree in confidence. This evening, I made a more traditional Turkish meze with it.
A serving of broccoli with garlic, lemon and olive oil dressingThis recipe was passed on to us by a friend soon after I told her about our new found appreciation of the dreaded green tree. It's very quick and simple and really worth a try - even if you think you don't like broccoli. You might just surprise yourself.
A Turkish Recipe Using Brokoli
- Cut the thick stem from the base of the broccoli florets and then divide the florets, leaving a short stem on each one.
- In a pan, bring some water to the boil and then add the florets.
- Boil for no more than 5 minutes and then remove from the heat.
- Drain the broccoli in a colander immediately and then pour cold water over it to prevent it from losing its colour and cooking further.
For the broccoli dressing
This dressing really brings the broccoli into its own. We're coming to the end of citrus season in Fethiye so we have a fridge full of bol sulu (very juicy) lemons at the moment. We used one of these to make our dressing.
- Into a small dish, squeeze the juice of a whole lemon.
- Now add olive oil. Work on 1 part lemon to 3 parts oil. You can add more of one or the other later to suit your taste.
- Grate a large clove of garlic and add to the dressing.
- Finely chop a fresh green chilli, add to the dressing and stir it all together until the lemon and olive oil have blended.
- Add a sprinkling of salt and black pepper, taste and make the necessary adjustments.
Broccoli makes for a very healthy Turkish mezeTrust us when we tell you that this Turkish broccoli recipe is very tasty - but if you're still not convinced enough to try it, a quick search on the internet about the many health benefits of broccoli might just change your mind.