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Bay-Steamed Broccoli

  • ACTIVE: 10 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4 to 6
  • BASIC-EASY
  • FAST
  • VEGETARIAN
  1. 2 heads of broccoli (1 1/2 pounds)
  2. 1 1/2 cups water
  3. 4 fresh bay leaves
  4. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  5. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Peel the broccoli stems. In a pot wide enough to hold the whole broccoli heads, bring the water, bay leaves, butter and salt to a boil. Add the broccoli and cover. Cook over moderate heat, turning once, until tender, 15 minutes. Transfer the broccoli to a warmed platter and cover with foil. Boil the cooking liquid until reduced to 1/4 cup, 5 minutes. Pour the liquid over the broccoli, discard the bay leaves and serve.
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