Tenderstem Broccoli With Turkey Mince

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Delicious tenderstem broccoli with turkey mince

Delicious tenderstem broccoli with turkey mince

Tenderstem broccoli is a very delicious vegetable. It is tender as the name suggests, yet crunchy and sweet. It is quick to cook and tastes quite like asparagus. It is part of the broccoli family but is more expensive. It is a versatile vegetable and can be cooked in various ways.

Like broccoli, it is a very healthy vegetable. It has many health-building properties. It is high in vitamins, minerals and is also fiber-rich. It contains components that are reputed to prevent cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and other diseases.

I love the dark green, healthy colour of this lovely vegetable. It is very appealing and refreshing to the eyes. It brings colour to a dish. Many people use it to brighten up a dish or to decorate it. I often do that, too.

I bought a packet the other day and on the package, it stated that it came from Morocco. With only my daughter and myself at home for lunch, I thought this would be a great dish to go with rice. Fried with turkey mince, we had a hearty one-dish meal. My daughter said it was very nice. She doesn’t like vegetables, and if she said it’s delicious, it means it is very delicious. I’m really happy that she likes it. Here’s my recipe to share:

Ingredients A
200g tenderstem broccoli
200g turkey mince (ready marinated)
fried shallot oil

Tenderstem broccoli

Tenderstem broccoli

tenderstem broccoli (cut and out skin of stem peeled)

tenderstem broccoli (cut and outer skin of stem peeled)

Cut the broccoli stems into half. Peel off the outer skin of the lower half of the stem. This can be easily done with a small knife. Wash them.

Marinated turkey mince

Marinated turkey mince

Always have the marinated mince ready in the freezer. It comes very handy when you need them, especially for Chinese cooking like dumplings, wantans or for frying with vegetables. Click here for an easy way to marinade mince.

Ingredients B (seasoning)
1T oyster sauce
1t light soya sauce
1/2t chicken stock granules
1t sugar

Frying the vegetable and mince

Frying the vegetable and mince

Heat up some fried shallot oil in a frying pan. Add the turkey mince and fry for a while. Add in the tenderstem broccoli and continue to fry. I cover it for a while to speed it up. Add the seasoning and Ingredients C to thicken. Stir well and dish it up onto a plate. Serve hot with rice, noodles or potatoes.

Ingredients C (to thicken)
2t corn flour
3/4C water

Mix in a small bowl.

Do you like broccoli? How do you like it cooked? Please share, add or comment in the comment box below.

Other fried vegetable recipes that you may be interested in:
Healthy Vegetarian Fried Eggplant
Fried Zucchini With Eggs
Okra Fried With Egg
Fried Garlic Green Beans
Fried Baby Leeks With Crisp Garlic Pork

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22 Comments

Divina  on November 20th, 2009

I love this broccoli. I love its slightly bitter taste. I haven’t seen this vegetable around lately. We normally saute them with oyster sauce. But I also like them with chili pepper flakes and garlic and toss with pasta and with some ingredients. Now, you’re making me hungry. :)

cheah  on November 20th, 2009

Is this what we call ‘Kai lan far’, flower of the kai lan family. I love this too, normally just stir fry with plenty of chopped garlic.

Mary  on November 20th, 2009

@Divina - It would be delicious too fried with oyster sauce. I would love that too. Does this veg taste bitter on ur side? I don’t feel it. Thought it has a sweet taste.

@Cheah - I’m not too sure whether it’s the same. This is a broccoli family. I think it’s not the kai lan family. Lovely fried with garlic too.

Katherine  on November 20th, 2009

Hi Mary,

It took me a while to find the comments section. Lucky I found it. I love this vegetable. We call it Brocolini here in Australia. Sometimes I just microwave it and eat it with a dash of oyster sauce. DELICIOUS..

Shirley  on November 20th, 2009

I’ve only used Brocolli, never heard of tenderstem brocolli.

3hungrytummies  on November 20th, 2009

Is that brocollini? it looks delicious

Mary  on November 20th, 2009

@Katherine - Glad you found my comment box. Thanks for sharing. Brocolini is a nice name. Wonder why they don’t call that here. I think next time I’ll fry it with oyster sauce, maybe with a dash of sugar & garlic oil….mmm.

@Shirley - Hope you can find that on your side. It tastes a lot better than broccoli. My daughter doesn’t like broccoli but she likes this one.

@3hungrytummies - Looks like it is, that’s what Katherine said. It’s a new name to me. It tastes very good. I love the dark green colour and the tenderness of it.

Trissa  on November 20th, 2009

In Australia we call this broccolini and I love it too! I’ve never had it with turkey but I think that would be a great thanksgiving themed dish!

Jeannie  on November 20th, 2009

There isn’t any tenderstem broccoli here but plenty of broccoli! Luckily the boys love broccoli so we basically ate a lot of it. I usually just stir fried a head with some carrots thrown in for colour.Maybe, I’ll try with minced pork next time. Can’t get turkey here too LOL

Rochelle (Acquired Taste)  on November 20th, 2009

Love Love Love broccoli! I’ll eat it raw or just boiled with a little salt on it. Love seeing a new way to eat it :)

Mary  on November 20th, 2009

@Trissa - Only today that I learned that it is called broccolini in Australia. Good for me. Great suggestion for Christmas theme. If I don’t know how to roast turkey, at least I can serve this dish…haha

@Jeannie - Turkey is very lean so you can use chicken mince if you don’t want it too oily. But pork mince will work equally well. Adding carrots for colour is a very good idea. Thanks for sharing.

@Rochelle - Wow…eating it raw? I have never tried that yet, except in juices. I don’t like the raw smell. Plain boiled is also very delicious, with a little sprinkle of salt. Thanks for sharing.

anncoo  on November 20th, 2009

I love brocolli very much. I always soak the brocolli in salty water first before blanch or fry.

Drick  on November 20th, 2009

love broccoli but have never seen this kind - nice long shoots…would be so versatile…

Mary  on November 20th, 2009

@anncoo - I didn’t do that. Hope you will explain why you soak in salty water first before you blanch or fry.

@Drick - I hope you can find them there. They are very delicious and versatile.

Timeless Gourmet  on November 20th, 2009

We call it broccolini in the states too - I love it, and it’s great tossed in some seasoned olive oil and briefly flame grilled. I also love ground turkey, and I’m quite inspired by your use of it here - it’s a must MUST try. Thanks!

Mary  on November 20th, 2009

@Timeless Gourmet - Thanks for sharing. That sounds delicious. I would love to try that.

The Nomadic Gourmet  on November 20th, 2009

I love broccoli. And I especially like it when its stir-fried. I’ve never seen broccoli with minced meat. It Looks delectable.
You update your blog soo often :) I admire that. Keep up the good work. Your blog is great

foodlovee  on November 20th, 2009

I love this I can smell it here.

Mary  on November 21st, 2009

@The Nomadic Gourmet - Thanks for lovely compliment and sharing. It’s a joy to cook and share. I always have minced meat in my freezer. It is very versatile…can be used in many ways and in many dishes.

kristy  on November 21st, 2009

I can only find this kind of broccoli from our local wet market and not easily found. The commercialize one in much more bigger in size, normally from Cameron Highland. Yes, it is very healthy to us. I love broccoli very much.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on November 21st, 2009

Love this idea. Broccoli is one of my favourites and this looks really tasty.

Mary  on November 21st, 2009

@Kristy - I don’t think I have ever seen this vegetable when I was back home. You are lucky to find it at your place. My children have got tired of broccoli but they like this one.

@Sarah - Thanks for comment. This is now my family favourite. Im glad to learn a new way of cooking it.

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