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Vegetables tend to be boring and somewhat tasteless once boiled. On the other hand, they make for a delicious side that cannot be substituted by almost anything. In this post, we will focus on some tips and tricks on how to make these boiled veggies amazing.
Let them be a little crunchy
When you boil broccoli or carrots, do not overcook them. The reasoning being is that when the veggies have a little crunch, they hold the texture and are not a big pile of mush that you need to eat with a spoon.
As such when they are about halfway done (in your point of view), take them out and let them sit – the residual heat will cook them a bit more and you will be fine. If you want to be sure about the crunchiness of the later, let them be a bit more and after you take them out, put them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
Give them a quick sear
Simply put, just boiled stuff is not the best. Think of it this way – would you eat boiled chicken? If you answer yes to this question, I am judging you!
So we take those already boiled veggies and we put them in a hot pan with a bit of olive oil. They will sear and caramelize. To make them even better, marinate them with a bit of dried garlic, paprika, salt and pepper and they will taste amazing
Add a bit of corn
Corn has the tendency to be a little sweet, as such the tastelessness of the veggies is overpowered by the sweetness of the corn. Added to that the amazing sear and marinate, you can come up with some delicious yumminess!
A knob of butter is a risky delicious treat
Do you know how everything is delicious in restaurants? They add butter to everything – and a lot of it. If you add just a bit of butter to your veggies while searing, they will get this amazing shine. Whilst not the best if you are trying to be a bit healthy, extremely tasty if you can indulge. Beware of this! Too much of good thing is a very very bad thing!
Potatoes are always special
They are not the same as any other vegetable. Most of the cases covered above do not apply to them. You do not let them be a bit crunchy! – cook them properly. The trick with the potatoes is searing. If you are using those small potatoes, cut them in half and put them cut side down in a hot pan. They will get his golden-brown color to die for. Add a little of chili powder, salt, and pepper and you got something out of this world!