Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ottolenghi's chargrilled broccoli with chilli and garlic

Ottolenghi's chargrilled broccoli with chilli and garlic / Rösti

Here's a lovely recipe adapted from London-based Yotam Ottolenghi's first cookbook, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook. The book is full on inspiring vegetarian dishes that I've been drooling over - and cooking - over and over again. I've already blogged about two of the dishes - roasted aubergine/eggplant with saffron yogurt and a refreshing cucumber and poppy seed salad, and here's a lovely vegan side dish using broccoli. I've reduced the amount of oil used in the recipe considerably, but otherwise it's following the book.

Chargrilled broccoli with chilli and garlic
(Röstitud spargelkapsas tšilli ja küüslauguga)
Serves 4

500 g broccoli
4 Tbsp olive oil
4 to 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 mild red chillies, deseeded and thinly sliced
sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

To garnish:
toasted almond slices or thinly sliced lemon

Separate the broccoli into florets and blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes and not longer! Immediately refresh under cold running water to stop further cooking, then drain and leave to dry completely.

Once the broccoli is dry, toss with 3 Tbsp of the olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Place a griddle pan on high heat and leave for 4 to 5 minutes until smoking hot. Grill the broccoli in batches on the hot pan, turning to get lovely charmarks on all sides. When ready, transfer into a heatproof bowl.

While the broccoli is cooking, place the remaining Tbsp of oil in a small saucepan together with sliced garlic and chillies and cook on a medium heat until the garlic begins to turn golden brown. Be careful not to let the garlic and chilli burn – they will continue cooking in the hot oil even when off heat. Pour the garlic and chilli oil over the hot broccoli florets and toss well.

Season to taste, sprinkle with almond slices or lemon slices and serve immediately or at room temperature.


Kalyn Denny said...

Oh yes. I love that cookbook and this sounds amazing. (And that sounds like plenty of oil to me, lol!)

Sara said...

I almost made this friday night (but opted for a pasta dish-for a more filling meal--which I hope to post soon). How funny! I will be making it soon though.

Pille said...

Kalyn - I agree - 3 Tbsp was more than Plenty! :D

Sara - highly recommended, and broccoli is so good for you as well!

Aggie said...

This sounds amazing. I have a newer grill basket that I've been experimenting with, can't believe I haven't thought to put broccoli in it! Will be trying this for sure! Btw...found you from Kalyn's site! Thanks for the great healthy recipe! :)

Pille said...

Aggie - so happy to welcome another reader! Hope you'll love broccoli prepared this way!