Posted by / 14 September 2016 /

Smashed Broccoli #UltimateRecipeChallenge

Smashed Broccoli is one of the most versatile side dishes on the planet.  It is easy, delicious and its beautiful green color adds brightness to your plate.

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!"

smashed broccoli

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

smashed broccoli

  • 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
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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