A homemade version of the Girl and the Goat grilled broccoli from chef, Stephanie Izard’s restaurant in Chicago. One bite and you’ll never want to eat broccoli any other way.
It was 72 hours of pure eating bliss starting with a “light” meal at The Purple Pig before our “let’s spend more on dinner than our mortgage” night at Alinea followed by Frontera Grill, The Kitchen, Siena Tavern, Eataly, Girl and the Goat and Pequods (had to fit some deep dish in!) for the remainder of our time.
Yes, we ate at all of those places and yes, I’m pretty sure I came home 10 pounds heavier.
In the end though, Girl and the Goat was definitely the most memorable of all the restaurants (which was an unexpected surprise given the hype of Alinea – a 3 star Michelin rated restaurant ranked #9 in the world in 2014).
From the vibe, to the food, to the excellent service.
The fact that a plate of broccoli has stood out in my mind for the last 4 months since is a testament to that.
We (well, more so Julie because she’s the most type A of the group) researched the heck out of our restaurant options before this trip, thanks to TripAdvisor.
Going into the night based on all the awesome reviews on TripAdvisor and from friends who had been, we knew we wanted to 1. try and get the goat (didn’t happen) and 2. order the broccoli and green beans if they were on the menu (it changes seasonally).
Maybe it was the universe telling us we needed some vegetables in our lives on our last night in town but the green beans and broccoli were both on the menu and both ended up being table favorites.
Stephanie Izard (the chef/owner) actually shares this broccoli recipe online which really helped in recreating the dish and all it’s amazing flavors at home.
I knew the blue cheese base, broccoli and crisps on top would be easy to replicate but the vinaigrette is where the magic is.
With spicy harissa (mmm, love that stuff – like in this harissa sweet potato hash) and sriracha, a bit of soy, lemon and vinegar, it’s a combination that is so unique and just works so well in contrast to the creamy blue cheese sauce.
And the smoky char of the grilled broccoli is such a nice undertone in flavor.
In fact, that smoky char is the best part about grilling vegetables. Especially unexpected ones like broccoli or grilled green beans.
If you’re too lazy to grill the broccoli, try air frying it! Air fried frozen broccoli is one of my all time favorite ways to prepare an easy side dish.
I made a few changes, twists to my homemade version using puffed millet instead of rice krispie cereal, yogurt in the blue cheese sauce instead of sour cream and a few tweaks to measurements.
All in all though, this homemade version tastes just like it did in the restaurant.
All that’s missing is someone serving it to me and the company of great friends.
Planning for the “2016 stuff our faces with everything delicious tour” will commence shortly and I know we’ll (Julie) be back on TripAdvisor reading reviews, looking at pictures and researching the heck out of the restaurants in our next location.
ps- Brandy recreated the Girl and Goat Magic Beans, check out her post!
MORE DELICIOUS SIDE DISHES TO TRY:
Girl and the Goat Grilled Broccoli
Blue Cheese Sauce
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles plus 1/2 cup
- 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
- pinch kosher salt
- pinch red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup rice-wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup minced shallots
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sriracha
- 1 1/2 teaspoons harissa
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup puffed millet
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vinaigrette
- 1 pound broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup vinaigrette
- Assemble the cream cheese sauce first by combining the heavy cream, 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles, sugar, salt and pepper flakes in a small sauce pot over medium heat. Stir until the blue cheese crumbles melt. Remove from heat and add the yogurt and remaining blue cheese into the sauce, stir until well combined and set aside.
- Make the vinaigrette by combining all ingredients except olive oil in a small food processor blender. With the machine running, slowly pour in the olive oil. Turn off and set aside.
- Make the crisps by melting the butter and vinaigrette in a small skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the puffed millet, toss to coat in the butter mixture and toast until crispy and starting to turn golden. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Toss the broccoli florets and 1/2 cup vinaigrette in a medium bowl until well coated. Grill broccoli on an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill until charred on each side.
- To serve, spread the blue cheese sauce on the bottom of a serving plate. Place the grilled broccoli on top and garnish with the toasted crisps. Best eaten immediately.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
*This is a sponsored post on behalf of TripAdvisor. I was compensated for my time. All opinions and content are my own.
Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.