Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spicy Stir-fried Broccoli with Tomato-Chickpea Ragout

I love broccoli and am always looking for a new way to serve it. This tasty little number from Tracy O'Grady of Willow in Arlington is sure to spice up your plate!

4 servings

· • 1 pound whole broccoli or florets
· • 4 large cloves garlic
· • 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
· • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
· • 7 ounces canned chickpeas, drained
· • Kosher salt (optional)
· • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)
· • Crushed red pepper flakes
· • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water, plus more as needed

If using whole broccoli, separate it into individual stalks and discard their tough ends. If using broccoli florets, set aside.

Cut the garlic into very thin slices. Drain the tomatoes, reserving the tomato juice. Place the tomatoes on a cutting board and cut them into fairly thin strips.

Heat a large skillet (not nonstick) over medium-high heat. When it is quite hot, add 2 tablespoons of the oil; it will immediately scatter around the skillet. Add the garlic slices and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, constantly stirring or shaking the skillet, until most of them are golden brown; do not let them burn.

Add the tomato strips and reduce the heat to medium; cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, then add the reserved tomato juice and the drained chickpeas. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and season with salt, if needed. Add the butter, if using, and stir to mix well; a pale red ragout (sauce) will form. Reduce the heat to low and keep warm. (If the ragout becomes too thick, add water as necessary.)

Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan or skillet (not nonstick) over high heat; when it is very hot, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil (again, the oil will scatter). Immediately add the broccoli and cook for 2 minutes, stirring or shaking the pan or skillet. The edges of the crowns or florets will begin to brown; that is okay. Season with the crushed red pepper flakes and salt to taste, if using. Add 1/4 cup of the water and quickly cover; let the broccoli stalks steam for 4 to 5 minutes, until tender. If using the florets, steam for 2 to 3 minutes. (Add the remaining 1/4 cup water in increments if the liquid in the pan or skillet evaporates too quickly).

The broccoli will be bright green; remove from the heat and uncover. To serve, divide the
tomato-chickpea ragout among individual plates, then pile the broccoli on top. Serve hot.

I promised one reader a machine mayonnaise recipe this week. I apologize that I didn't get that ready but have no fear, I'm working on it!


  1. Never thought of a chickpea ragout. This looks delish!

  2. This sounds delicious - I might make it tonight!

  3. I love broccoli too. Thanks for a great new way to serve it!

  4. Enjoy! I hope you like it!


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