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Steamed broccoli and sherry fried breadcrumbs

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Steamed broccoli and sherry fried breadcrumbs

Side Serves 2 25 min
Quick-steamed broccoli with crispy sherry-fried golden breadcrumbs. Serve with poached eggs for a light supper for brunch. Or with fish or chicken and some couscous or bulghur for a more substantial meal.


  • 60g butter
  • 25g breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp medium dry sherry e.g. amontillado
  • 1 head broccoli, about 175g, cut into clorets
  • splash sherry, white wine or balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 20 min
  • Step 1

    Melt half the butter in a frying pan. Add the breadcrumbs and season well.
  • Step 2

    Once the butter has been absorbed, add the sherry.
  • Step 3

    Turn the heat down to low and cook, stirring gently for 10-15 minutes, until the breadcrumbs have separated again and turned a golden colour.
  • Step 4

    Meanwhile steam the broccoli until just tender (3-4 minutes). Put on a serving plate.
  • Step 5

    Melt the rest of the butter in the pan until it turns a golden brown colour. Remove from the heat and carefully add the vinegar (it will spit a bit).
  • Step 6

    Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the broccoli, pour over the butter.

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