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Braised broccoli

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Braised broccoli

Side Serves 4 30 min
This recipe has a very Mediterranean feel. The tomato, olives and melted cheese go brilliantly with the broccoli although most This vegetarian recipe has a very Mediterranean feel. The tomatoes, olives and melted cheese go brilliantly with the broccoli – rather than overshadowing the broccoli this recipe brings out its bright taste. Eat with couscous or some other grain for a light dinner. This is also a good side with chicken.

Cook's notes

Use purple sprouting broccoli when in season.

Ingredients

  • 500g broccoli
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • sea salt
  • 15 cherry tomatoes, halved, or 400g tin of chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 15 black olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 50g Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper

Method

Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min
  • Step 1

    Prepare the broccoli by cutting off the florets, peeling the stalks and cutting into similar sized pieces.
  • Step 2

    Put the oil and onion in a shallow pan (one that can fit under the grill later). On a medium heat, cook for 2 minutes, then add the chilli, salt, broccoli, tomatoes and olives.
  • Step 3

    Add a couple of tablespoons of water, bring to a simmer. Stir well, season, cover and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes (or until broccoli is tender).
  • Step 4

    Sprinkle with cheese and stick under a grill until the cheese has melted (or finish in a hot oven).