Yep. It’s actually one of my favorite types of sandwiches and I like to make it when I have all of the ingredients around and they’re high quality. I can’t even remember the first time I came up with the idea, but it was love at first bite. However, I definitely think it’s best made with fresh broccoli. I love frozen broccoli and it gets used often around our household, but the texture of fresh is imperative here.
There’s so much I love about this sandwich. It’s filling, with the fiber and protein from the broccoli and whole grain bread. It’s tasty, from the perfectly-cooked broccoli and the fresh grated Parmesan cheese. And it’s healthy, with up to two servings of veggies depending on how full you stuff it!
You can easily make a larger batch of the filling and then use it over the course of a couple days to make a sandwich in minutes without having to fuss with steaming the broccoli.
2 cups of fresh broccoli florets
1 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
2 slices of whole grain bread
Salt and pepper to taste
Steam the broccoli until it is green but very tender to the fork, about 5-7 minutes. Place in a bowl with the Parmesan cheese, butter, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Mash well with a fork until it has a uniform texture with no lumps.
While the broccoli is steaming, toast the bread to desired doneness. Place on a plate on top of a paper towel to prevent the bread from steaming and becoming uncrisp.
Spread the broccoli mixture on the bread and sprinkle with additional salt, pepper, or Parmesan as desired. You may do this as an open-face sandwich as above, or as a regular style sandwich. I find the open-face style to be a little easier to eat!