Hard cooked broccoli and cauliflower or soft?

@ladym33 (10990)
United States
June 17, 2009 3:39pm CST
Many restaraunts cook their broccoli and cauliflower Al Denta, or hard, but I prefer mine cooked softly. How do you like it, hard or soft?
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15 responses
• United States
18 Jun 09
I like it soft at home but when I go out I like it the way they cook it, al denta, which means "You'll be going to the dentist".
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@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
18 Jun 09
That's for sure.
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
18 Jun 09
I prefer to eat broccoli and cauliflower just under done, I really don't enjoy it if it's very soft because there is less taste.
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
18 Jun 09
I don't mind it raw, but if it is cooked I like it cooked. But since it is so good for us, I will still eat it Al Denti at the restaurants.
@jerzgirl (8170)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
17 Jun 09
I want my broccoli and cauliflower cooked very soft. Broccoli especially is very fibrous, so I want those fibers broken down. I even like my cauliflower mashed with cheese like mashed potatoes. Good stuff!!
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
18 Jun 09
I love mashing my cauliflower and fixing it like mashed potatoes, it is so good. Sometimes I will mix some cauliflower in with my mashed potatoes it tastes so good that way.
@kalaga (547)
• United States
17 Jun 09
I like both.In soups and all i like them to be soft.they mix well like that and tastes good.where as in salads i like them a bit crunchy and raw.i use them both ways and also love them both ways.
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@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
17 Jun 09
I don't mind them raw in a salad that is perfectly fine, I just hate it when they are a little cooked. Thank you for your comment.
@tinam13 (839)
• United States
17 Jun 09
I like my broccoli a little soft, but I like it to still have a crunch to it. When it's still crunchy it still has all the nutrients. Broccoli is so good.
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@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
17 Jun 09
A little hard is not too bad, but I don't like it when it is barely cooked, unless I am eating it raw with dip.
@hmkoct5 (2065)
• United States
27 Jun 09
I like my broccoli and cauliflower steamed and still slightly hard. I don't like it uncooked at all. I also don't like it mushy. I have a veggie steamer that I use to steam the veggies for about 15 minutes. It works really well and I think it holds the nutrients better than cooking it more.
@camomom (7535)
• United States
23 Jun 09
Right in between. Not hard but not mushy.
@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
22 Jun 09
Hi Ladym, I prefer my broccoli and cauliflower cooked but crunchy. However my husband doesn't like them cooked this way, so I would boil or steam them till soft!
@geniustiger (1696)
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
I like the brocolli to be cooked soft than hard. I'm not used to eat hard boiled vegetables. Its is yummy and tasty if it cooked so well. The eating will be plaesure if the taste is good for you.
@thedaddym (1736)
• United States
19 Jun 09
I absalutely simply and terribly hate the way restaurants cook veggies al dente. I don't like my veggies all that much as it is but will eat them and will tolerate them when they are cooked, but I can not stand them when they are barley cooked, I just simply won't eat them.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
19 Jun 09
I don't like it cooked so much it is mushy, but I do not like it to still be crunchy either. I like it cooked to where you can stick it with a fork, but it does not fall apart when you do it.
@hazed3 (20)
• United States
19 Jun 09
i prefer my broccoli with a crunch to it, but i like my cauliflower a little softer and a little browned :)
@Toxicon (165)
• United States
19 Jun 09
Broccoli and cauliflower are both good raw straight from the garden. I do not like cauliflower after it's been cooked no matter how it was prepaired. Broccoli on the other hand, for me it depends on what type of dish it is, I like steamed vegitable medly to have hard broccoli, whereas broccoli and cheese I want the broccoli much softer. If you make fresh broccoli soup, it should be boiled untill it's just soft enough for your blender to work with it, but hard enough that it still adds a good texture to your soup.
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
18 Jun 09
I prefer it soft, if I wanted it hard I would eat it in a salad.
• Australia
18 Jun 09
steamed with a little crunch, yum! how many people cook vegetables at least twice as long as necessary?....73% it's true everyone has their opinions and preferences, but even frozen peas should be cooked in boiling water about 12minutes. most people i know have them still simmering after 30mins, waiting for the meat or other vegetables to finish cooking, eat food as it's meant to be eaten i think.