Broccolini with walnut and rosemary tarator

Broccolini with walnut and rosemary tarator

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Real Food by Mike
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

Broccolini is delicious simply steamed or lightly boiled in salty water. But for this dish it’s best grilled on the barbecue or baked in a very hot oven. If it’s going to be used as a side to a meat dish, a couple of sprigs per person will do. However, if this is a stand-alone dish, maybe served with a poached egg as a small meal, a bunch of broccolini each is a nice amount. If you have dairy allergies you can use any other type of nut milk when making the tarator.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
3 bunches broccolini
1 bunch rosemary, sprigs picked
60ml new-season extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 quantity rosemary tarator
1 long red chilli, sliced
crushed walnuts, to serve

Method

  1. Heat a barbecue or chargrill pan to hot (or preheat the oven to 250°C).
  2. To keep the broccolini green, give it a quick blanch in boiling, salty water for a few seconds and then plunge it into a large bowl of iced water to stop it from cooking any further.
  3. Lightly coat the broccolini and rosemary sprigs in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Grill for 2 minutes until tender or bake for 5 minutes until the florets are lightly charred. Toss with the remaining olive oil and the rosemary tarator and scatter over the chilli. For texture, serve the dish with the crushed walnuts, if desired.

Medicinal Benefit

  • Broccolini is rich in vitamin C, a powerful natural antioxidant and immunity booster that helps fight flu viruses. It’s also high in vitamin A, essential for healthy eyesight and to help prevent macular degeneration of the retina. Broccolini leaves are an excellent source of carotenoids and vitamin A. Broccolini is also rich in vitamin K and B complex vitamins, and the florets contain some omega-3 fatty acids. The phytonutrient compounds in broccolini have anticancer properties. Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E antioxidants; these neutralise unstable molecules that can damage other cells. Rosemary is not only a good source of vitamins A and C, it also contains rosmarinic acid. This has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and helps prevent cell damage. Rosemary is also said to be good for the memory.
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