I was never one of those kids that hated broccoli. In fact, I used to ask for it. I loved it raw and cooked and I still do. I am always happy when it comes into season and I can get it at a low price. If you also love to shop for your produce in season and stock up like I do, then this post is for you! I want to share some tips for storing broccoli in the freezer as well as 10 awesome broccoli recipes in case you end up with more than you can handle!
How to Blanch Broccoli
To freeze broccoli, you need to blanch it first. To do this, you will want to separate it from the main stalk into florets about the same size as you find in bags of frozen broccoli you can get at the store. If you are not big on eating the stems, save them anyways and blanch them as well because they go great in soups!
Blanching is a process by which you stick food in boiling water for just a few minutes (not enough to cook it) and then quickly cool it in an ice bath. You do this to seal in the flavor so it doesn't continue to ripen. It is important that you cool it quickly or it will continue to cook. After it is cooled, pat it dry, lay it out on a cookie sheet, place in your freezer for 1 hour and then remove and place in zipper style bags. Make sure to label them with the date you do this.
Whether you grow broccoli in your garden or pick it up on sale, you will enjoy using it in the great broccoli recipes below!
10 Awesome Broccoli Recipes
I love this Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese from two Peas & Their Pod. I would have never thought of this! Sounds so good, too.
If you love Crock-Pot dishes, this No Fail Broccoli and Ranch Chicken from Saved By Grace is right up your alley.
As I am a big fan of Frittatas, I could go for this Ham and Broccoli Frittata right now!
iBreathe, I'm Hungry has a great recipe for Spicy Sriracha Roasted Broccoli. This would make a great side dish.
If you are in the mood for stir fry, try this Healthy Gluten-Free Sesame Chicken Broccoli from Feed Me Phoebe.
Try this Broccoli & Quinoa Salad for something different with a bit of a nutty taste.
Make broccoli the main course star by making this Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Chicken from Skinny Mom.
Erica's Recipes has a great recipe for an awesome appetizer. Check out these Broccoli-Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms with Dijon-Cheddar Sauce!
Are you a big fan of cornbread? Try this recipe for Broccoli Cheese Cornbread from Becky Bakes.
These Broccoli Poppers from Super Healthy Kids are kid-approved and look really delicious!