Yes, You Can Match Wine With Broccoli

Broccoli is one of those vegetables that’s notoriously difficult to pair with wine.

But when you add garlic to the mix — and it becomes the dominant flavor — then the pairing possibilities multiply.

Serve this side dish with a thick, juicy steak — perhaps topped with a dollop of garlic butter — and you have a delicious meal… not to mention a nice match for Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon.

This recipe yields 5 servings.



  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • Kosher salt, to taste


    1. Place broccoli in a sealable plastic bag. Seal and poke holes in the bag to allow steam to escape. Microwave for 4-5 minutes.

    2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan. Chop garlic finely. Add nuts to oil, stirring to toast lightly (about 1-2 minutes).

    3. Turn heat down slightly, add garlic, and heat another minute.

    4. Add broccoli to pan. Coat with olive oil mixture and cook another 2-3 minutes, until softened.

    5. Season with kosher salt to taste.

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    Tomorrow: We’ll share an easy-to-prepare recipe for garlic butter.

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