This Steamed Broccoli with sweet and tangy Houdini Sauce will make these veggies do a disappearing act, leaving everyone asking, “where’d the broccoli go?”
Have you ever been to a magic show? Not like my husband’s show of pulling a quarter out of Emily’s ear, but like an honest to goodness, real magic show?
Kevin and I went to Las Vegas a few years ago. Tip for all of those thinking about planning a trip – Don’t go at the end of July when you’re 7 weeks pregnant. Our trip just happened to coincide with my first week of morning sickness – fun stuff! Let’s just say that out of Kevin’s four trips to Vegas, I think ours may have been his least favorite… sorry honey!
Anyway, while we were there we saw David Copperfield at MGM. I’d never seen a real magic (illusionist) show like his before and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Let me tell you, it was one of the best shows (music, broadway, comedy, etc.) I’ve ever seen! Literally the entire time I was turning to Kevin saying “how’d he do that????” It was far above and beyond what I expected and even with a seat in one of the front rows, I have zero idea how he did any of his tricks (illusions). If you go to Vegas, definitely book tickets to his show!
While not quite on the same level as David Copperfield, this Houdini sauce will make your broccoli disappear like honest to goodness magic! It’s only three ingredients too: butter, brown sugar and Dijon mustard. Simply combine all three together in a small bowl, microwave and bam, it’s done! It may sound like an unconventional mix, especially to use on broccoli, but trust me, it works. Kevin, who begrudgingly eats his few pieces of broccoli every time I make it actually went back for seconds. See, it’s magic just like I said!
It tastes almost like a honey mustard, but just with a little extra tang from the Dijon and then a buttery finish. I mean, butter just makes everything better, right? I know it isn’t as healthy as eating it plain, with maybe a dash of salt, but if it gets a broccoli-hater to eat any, yet alone two servings of this little green veggie, then it’s a winner in my book.
If you’re concerned with the calories, don’t be too worried because you really just drizzle it on. The whole recipe, four servings, is only a total of 3 tablespoons of sauce. It would be easy to make extra too if someone wanted to use it more like a dipping sauce.
Do you have a broccoli hater in your house? Do you have trouble getting your kids (or husband) to finish their vegetable servings on broccoli night? Well, look no further for a solution to your problems because this sauce is the answer. Make it and you will see a true magic show at your dinner table tonight 🙂
- 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
- 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 1 Tbs. brown sugar
- 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
- Wash broccoli, cut into tiny florets and place in a steamer basket.
- Fill the pot that goes with your steamer basket with an inch or two of water and set over medium-high heat. Once it boils, add the covered steamer basket on top and cook for about 5 minutes or until broccoli has reached your desired consistency
- While the broccoli is steaming, add butter, brown sugar and mustard to a small, microwavable bowl. Microwave until melted. Mine took about 45 seconds, stopping to stir at the 20 second mark.
- When broccoli is finished cooking, drizzle with the sauce and serve.