Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Green Salsarie Thing.
A Salsa Verde of sorts….Serve it as a starter….
Lunch 4th April 2009
bunch spring onions
small bunch fresh mint
bunch fresh flat leaf parsley
small bunch fresh dill
1 tbsp little capers, rinsed in warm water and drained
6 little (cornichons) gherkins
pinch chilli flakes
ev olive oil
Purple sprouting broccoli, I guess about 100g each
salt and pepper
Whiz the spring onion in a food processor. Add the herbs, capers, gherkins, anchovies and a pinch of chilli flakes and whiz again til a rough but smooth puree. (you know what I mean!)
Scrape into a bowl and stir in olive oil to create a runny paste. Season well with salt and pepper.
Bring a very large pan of salted water to the boil and steam or boil the sprouting broccoli. Cook until just tender and drain well.
This time drain and keep a few tablespoons of the water to mix with the salsa as this will help it stick to the broccoli. (same method for pasta)
Toss all together well and serve.
Could always add cheese to this. ie Parmesan or feta….garlic….lemon juice…
Little cheffy note: To save time when serving, (and panic!) cook the broccoli ahead of time, then refresh in loads of cold running water (and ice if you really want to stop it cooking quickly and keep it’s colour.) and drain again. Place the pan back on the stove with fresh water and bring back to a boil when you are just about to serve and it will only take about a minute to heat through.