Buy 1-1/2 pounds for 4 servings. Broccoli should be fresh and clean with stalks that are firm and tender. It should have tightly closed green flower buds in compact clusters or heads; there should be no yellow colour evident in the buds.
Wash well and trim off a bit of the end of the stem, but do not remove the stems. The whole stalk is edible. If any of the stems are more than 1" in diameter, it is good to make lengthwise gashes through them (about 4 to 6) almost to the flowerets. The stalks will then cook as quickly as the flower buds.
Drop the prepared broccoli into a small amount of boiling salted water. Cover and cook quickly until just tender - 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove broccoli carefully from water to avoid breaking flower buds. Serve at once seasoned with salt, pepper, and melted butter or margarine, or with lemon or almond butter, or with Hollandaise or a cheese sauce.
To serve raw broccoli
Use the flowerets in a lettuce and tomato salad or serve on a relish tray.