Broccolini with Garlic and Lemon

Broccolini with Garlic and Lemon
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This beautiful and unique vegetable is a KilKenney Kitchen regular. Every time I make it or bring it to a party, it disappears in minutes. Popular with adults and kids alike, it's also a breeze to make. Enjoy!
Servings Prep Time
8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Broccolini with Garlic and Lemon
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Rating: 0
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This beautiful and unique vegetable is a KilKenney Kitchen regular. Every time I make it or bring it to a party, it disappears in minutes. Popular with adults and kids alike, it's also a breeze to make. Enjoy!
Servings Prep Time
8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
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Instructions
  1. Wash and dry the 2 bunches of broccolini and trim the dry tips off the ends. Broccolini is the kinder, gentler cousin of broccoli rabe - it's flavorful, but not bitter and is the perfect vehicle for garlic and lemon - what's not to love?
  2. Heat a large pot of water to a boil and add a good pinch of kosher salt
  3. While the water is heating, fill a large bowl with ice and some water
  4. When the water is boiling, place the broccolini in the water
  5. Cook the broccolini for 2-3 minutes until it's just a bit tender and bright green (known as blanching - creates great color and texture)
  6. After 2-3 minutes of cooking, remove the broccolini and place it in the bowl of ice water. This will stop the cooking and ensure the vegetables don't get mushy
  7. Once cooled in the ice water, drain the broccolini and set aside. I often do this ahead of time and then finish the recipe before dinner
  8. Heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan
  9. Peel and chop the 2 cloves of garlic
  10. Add the garlic and 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes to the pan and cook, stirring often, for about 30 seconds
  11. Add the blanched, drained broccolini to the pan and sauté until heated through - about 3-4 minutes
  12. Zest the lemon with a Microplane or chop it very fine
  13. Place the broccolini on a platter and squeeze the lemon juice on top
  14. Sprinkle the broccolini with the lemon zest, serve and enjoy! This dish works beautifully hot, at room temperature or cold - the perfect side dish
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