I just came across the Seasonal Eating blog, which is remarkably similar in focus to this blog. In fact, it even uses the same template. Anyway, the broccoli in our garden just reached its peak, so I was happy that Seasonal Eating suggested an unusual way of preparing it. I was even happier after I tasted it.
Broccoli (about 1 lb.), roughly chopped
Half a yellow onion, roughly chopped, or 1 bunch green onions (including an inch of the green), roughly chopped
Bay leaf (1)
1/4 c. butter (you could also use cream, but I didn't have cream)
Freshly grated nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
Lemon juice (a tablespoon or so)
Bring a pot of water to boil. Add a little salt and the bay leaf, then add the broccoli and onion. Boil for about 5 minutes. Drain, but reserve the liquid. Remove the bay leaf and compost it. Purée broccoli and onion. (I used an immersible blender for this, and it worked beautifully. But you could also use a food processor or a regular blender.) Stir in the butter or cream. Add a little of the cooking liquid if the mixture seems too thick. Add nutmeg, pepper, lemon juice, and salt to taste.
This is amazing. AMAZING. I suppose the fact that it has a truckload of butter in it contributes to the amazingness. The nutmeg and lemon juice are also key to the spectacular flavor. Please make this and eat it. As soon as possible.