Beef and Broccoli
Alberta Beef, Charred Broccoli, Broccoli Stem Salsa Verde, Tiger Blue, Pickled Shallots
This is my take on the classic combination of beef and broccoli. The idea is to showcase a secondary cut of beef, such as flat iron, flank, skirt, hangar or petite tender, so that we are eating all parts of the cow and reducing food waste. As well, I like this recipe because it uses the entire broccoli not just the florets, and really, the broccoli is the star of this dish. Grass-fed, grass-finished Alberta beef is recognized as some of the most socially responsible and environmentally sound beef in the world. Not only that but it tastes incredible. This is a great recipe for the late summer when local broccoli is abundant and you can sit outside with a drink in hand while tending the bbq.
- 5 oz Steak per person (secondary cut such as flat iron, flank, skirt, hanger, petite tender)
- 1 head broccoli cut into large florets, save stems
Broccoli Stem Salsa Verde
Yield: 1-2 cups depending on the quantity of broccoli stems
Broccoli stems from the head of broccoli (peeled)
1 cup packed herbs (parsley, chervil, dill, tarragon, chives)
4 cloves garlic (peeled)
3 tbsp sherry vinegar
150 mL canola oil
1 lemon (juice and zest)
1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp chilli flakes
- Add broccoli stems, garlic, Dijon, lemon juice/zest, sherry vinegar, herbs and chilli flakes to a blender, blend, slowly add oil to emulsify, season with salt
- Season with salt, pepper, oil and chilli flakes
- Grill over medium high heat to desired doneness, let rest and slice across the grain
- Blanche broccoli in salted, boiling water for 3-4 minutes, place in ice bath and let cool
- Toss broccoli with salt, pepper and oil and place on a high heat grill for approximately 2 minutes a side
- Get a bowl ready with a small nub of butter and a couple tbsps of the broccoli salsa verde
- Remove broccoli from grill when its nice and golden and toss in butter and salsa verde
I used to serve this dish with roasted fingerling potatoes, oyster mushrooms and Poplar Grove’s Tiger Blue, a delicious blue cheese from the Okanagan.
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