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Broccoli Rubble (with Other Things)

broccoli rubble with egg

I’ve been staring at these photos for a good twenty minutes, wondering if I should bother sharing them – they don’t do the dish justice, partly because I left the broccoli on the stove a bit long while doing other things, and partly because mulched broccoli isn’t particularly photogenic. But it was delicious, and a totally different thing to do with broccoli.

I’ve been mildly obsessed with the concept of broccoli rubble since reading about it over at Deb’s – the rough chop of it, the quick sauté in garlicky oil, the shower of Parmesan. (And maybe because it sounds a lot like Barney Rubble?) I’ve always been drawn to just about any kind of grainy salad – I figured broccoli would hold up to chewy wheat berries quite well, and some salty crumbled feta, and lots of pepper, and a fried egg. I wish I had some walnuts to toast and toss on top. I devoured this thing, and I don’t regret it.

steaming broccoli

I’m noticing now that Deb suggested broccoli rabe, which has a slightly better ratio of thin stalk to shrubby top, but a classic old-school broccoli crown worked just fine. I didn’t measure anything, and used wheat berries because I have (and love) them. I pondered drizzling over a lemony vinaigrette while it was still warm, but didn’t this time – I may the next. I do recommend the egg, which did its job of oozing itself all over everything underneath. I kind of wish I had leftovers to resurrect (with another egg, of course) tomorrow for lunch.

broccoli rubble

I wrote up a recipe because I know approximately a third of you feel better with one, but please don’t take the measurements too seriously.

Broccoli Rubble (with Other Things)

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June 14, 2017


1 small head broccoli

olive or canola oil

a couple big garlic cloves, crushed or thinly sliced

a squeeze of lemon juice

salt and pepper

1/2-1 cup cooked grains, like wheat berries, barley or farro

crumbled feta

an egg or two


1Separate the broccoli into large florets and cut the stem in quarters lengthwise (or into big chunks); boil in salted water for 2-3 minutes, until it's bright green and just tender. Remove (with a slotted spoon, if you want to use your water to cook the grains) and set aside to cool, then roughly chop.

2Heat a generous drizzle of oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat, add the garlic and cook for a minute, then add the broccoli and cook, stirring and squeezing over some lemon and sprinkling with salt and pepper, for a few more minutes. Remove from the heat and toss with the grains and feta (cool the broccoli first, if you like), while you fry an egg or two in the pan. Serves 2-6.


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10 comments on “Broccoli Rubble (with Other Things)

  1. Chris
    June 14, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Ummm…is it just me or is there no recipe? I must admit I’m one of those who do prefer one because I tend to race past the conversational stuff and the umpteen almost identical photos in food blogs and head straight for the picture of the finished version and the recipe. If I like the recipe, I work backwards 🙂

  2. Susan
    June 15, 2017 at 1:27 am

    There IS no recipe!

  3. Anonymous
    June 15, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Nope–no recipe/ingredients

  4. Jacine Harrington
    June 15, 2017 at 10:21 am

    There is no recipe attached. Darn, wanted to try this.

    • Julie
      June 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Sorry guys.. this new site is so glitchy, it seems to randomly delete posts as I work on them. Will go rewrite the recipe.

  5. Nicolle in Calgary
    June 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I’m STILL trying to figure out why this was so good. My family and I LOVED it!! We used wheat berries, and extra feta, and ate it while it was still quite warm. I was going to skip the egg (because coincidentally we already had fried eggs for breakfast) but thought “if Julie says ‘put an egg’ then gosh darn it we are adding the egg”. Definitely a keeper. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Julie
      June 19, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      I know right?? So much better than the sum of its parts!

  6. Susan
    June 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Made this for dinner last night WITH the egg (and barley). Leftovers today for lunch and hard boiled eggs. Delicious!!! This will be in regular rotation .

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