Steamed Broccoli with Sweet Peppers

14 August

3 tablespoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1½ pounds broccoli florets
1 cup sweet pepper, cut into thin strips
½ cup padron peppers, sliced thinly (optional)
½ teaspoon sea salt or to taste
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, reduce lemon juice by half and stir it into the butter. Refrigerate if needed.
2. Bring water to a full boil in the bottom of a steamer. Arrange the broccoli and peppers on the steamed rack so that the pieces are not crowded. Place the steamer rack on top of the boiling water and cover. Steam the vegetables for 3-5 minutes, or until just tender.
3. Remove from the steamer and place on a platter. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon butter.

Makes 6 servings

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