Monday, July 23, 2007

Lemon & herb dressed broccoli

Before shaking...

After shaking...

1/2 onion finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
2 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves stripped
juice of 2 lemons
grated zest of 1 organic lemon (wash and scrub well if it’s not organic)
125ml/4oz olive oil
500g/1lb broccoli, divided into large florets
Make the dressing:
The best way to do this is to put all the ingredients except the broccoli into a jar, screw on the lid and shake vigorously until thick. Leave to macerate for at least 30 minutes, and up to several hours.
Steam or simmer the broccoli until crisp/tender. Drain well then place in a warmed serving dish. Pour over the lemon dressing, toss gently to coat the broccoli evenly with the dressing and serve at once.

We eat a lot of broccoli. My husband and I love it, the boys love it, it’s a real crowd pleaser. The thing is, I tend to reach for it as a last minute solution to a missing green, and because of that, it’s usually pretty plain. So, in the spirit of trying something new, with something you eat all the time, I tried this recipe from Favourite Recipes Books For Cooks.

A friend sent this cookbook to us and it is a real find. It has a great range because it’s favourite recipes from all different cookbooks. In addition to having a great range, I love the fact that this book tells you exactly what can be made in advance, how to store it and how to reheat it. That’s really handy for people with time restraints on their cooking. I’m really looking forward to trying a bunch of recipes from this book.

As for this one, I was really impressed. The fact that you don’t cook the onions or garlic is a bit worrisome, but it works really well. As it sits it really infuses the liquid with the great flavors, while at the same time mellowing the actual chopped up onions and garlic. The flavor was just gorgeous, and it was incredibly fast and easy. The only warning I feel I should give is that you have to make sure you serve it with something that compliments it’s flavor. It has the potential to clash severely because it has so much character. I would think it would go well with fish or chicken, or with another lemony based dish.

Still, it was not so strong that it scared off the boys, they still ate all of theirs. I’ll make this one again.

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