I usually don't like broccoli. However, this is one of my most favorite side dishes. It is so easy to make, and is packed with flavor.
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 heads of broccoli (1 1/4 pounds total), stems peeled and heads halved lengthwise
1/2 cup water
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
Add the broccoli, cut side down, cover and cook over moderate heat until richly browned on the bottom, about 8 minutes.
Add the water, cover and cook until the broccoli is just tender and the water has evaporated, about 7 minutes.
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with the garlic and the crushed red pepper and cook uncovered until the garlic is golden brown, about 3 minutes.
Season the broccoli with salt and black pepper and serve.
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