Broccoli With Olives


Olive slivers add a tangy note to steamed broccoli florets.


  • 4 bunches broccoli, about 3 pounds, cut into medium florets

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 cup pitted and slivered Kalamata olives


  1. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Put broccoli in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover, and steam until just tender, about 7 minutes. Briefly plunge into ice-water bath. Drain; pat dry.

  2. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a wide saute pan over medium heat. Add half of the broccoli, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in half of the olives. Cook until heated through. Transfer to a serving dish; cover. Repeat with remaining oil, broccoli, salt, pepper, and olives. Combine batches. Serve immediately.

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