14 September 2016

Smashed Broccoli #UltimateRecipeChallenge

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The #UltimateRecipeChallenge is a fun event designed to inspire us to use a specific ingredient and then create a recipe to share on our link day!  This month our fearless leader, Kim Six from The Kim Six Fix challenged us to use broccoli.  Like she stated in our challenge information,  "I know broccoli isn't the 'sexiest' ingredient.. but that is what will make this link up unique!"




This was the perfect choice for me because I have been wanting to make up a broccoli mash.  Ever since the cauliflower mash craze, I have been making mashes from all kinds of vegetables and loving each and every one.  Broccoli mash was no exception!


Broccoli Mash

by Our Good Life
Cook Time: 20 minutes


Ingredients
  • 2 pounds broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • a small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • coarse salt and fresh black pepper
  • 1 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • a pinch or two of red pepper flakes
Instructions
Steam the broccoli until fork tender - cook it well.
In a medium sized frying pan heat the oil and butter together over medium-low heat, add the onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender, stirring often. Turn the heat down to low and add the cream cheese and Parmesan, cook just until warm. Using a masher, mash broccoli and cheese together until the desired consistency.
Season - well - to taste - with salt and pepper - if you don't add enough it will be bland tasting.
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27 comments :

  1. This looks so good! I wouldn't have thought to add the cheeses I bet they really add to the flavor. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I've never tried to make broccoli like this before but I'm always looking to try something new!

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  3. Hmmmm...actually kinda curious about this broccoli mash. But, my hubs is NOT a fan of broccoli. So - I may have to try this one time when he is out of town. Looks kinda fab!

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  4. Terri broccoli is a favorite with my family and this recipe looks SO delicious!

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  5. Cynthia10:05 PM

    I think I would love broccoli even more if I used your recipe! The challenge sounds like a great way to learn new ways to cook routine foods

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  6. I love my veggies! To make them into a mash with ricotta is amazing and I cannot wait to make this recipe! total yum!

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  7. I like the idea of a broccoli mash! I have not made a cauliflower mash yet, either, so this is a great new (to me) idea. I love these challenges!

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  8. I love broccoli and I'm always on the lookout for ways to prepare it. I can't wait to try your recipe.

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  9. I love broccoli but I've never had smashed broccoli! What a creative way to enjoy it. All of these other recipes look great too.

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  10. I'm always looking for new ways to serve broccoli..and really all veggies...because serving the same way all the time gets boring!

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  11. This looks so good. I am loving the whole plate of food including those tater wedges. I enjoy your recipes so much.

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  12. I've never seen broccoli served this way! What an original way of eating it! Great idea!

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  13. Wow, this is something I want to cook. My son love brocoli and I am so glad that he is not a picky eater.

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  14. Yum! I love the idea of using ricotta cheese in it! Broccoli is a big favorite around here. My kids call them trees!

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  15. Very cool. I have never done before!

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  16. I've never tried doing this to broccoli before! I would love to try the recipe! It definitely tastes better with cheese!

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  17. Oooooo this sounds interesting!!! I've never had broccoli mash. Might just have to give your recipe a try

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  18. This looks really yummy! Broccoli is one of the vegetables I like, and I never would have thought to eat it like this. I'm going to have to save this and try it out one day!

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  19. Yum! I love broccoli and love to find different ways to eat it. This seems like it would be easier for kids to eat too.

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  20. I have never seen broccoli mash before but this looks delicious! I love trying foods in different ways, I'll have to save this for a dinner soon!

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  21. This looks yummy! I love broccoli by itself but with cheese is my favorite, it takes it over the top.

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  22. Mmmm that definitely looks like a tasty addition to any dinner. Those oven fries look awfully delish too. Menu planning time!

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  23. I can't wait to try your new recipe! I would have never thought to make it into a mash, but this looks delicious.

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  24. I love broccoli but my husband HATES it. He refuses to eat anything that has even come close to touching it so I'm afraid I haven't eaten it in a long time!

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  25. Krystle Chaney-Cook2:49 PM

    This looks super awesome as a challenge. My kids would definitely eat these meals.

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  26. I love smashed broccoli and smashed cauliflower! These are some of my favorite sides. Cool idea!

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  27. Omg. This looks divine. I love any food that is mashed, sounds weird as an adult but I love it. Must try! Xx

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