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Broccoli Trees with Pan-Fried Pine Nuts

Broccoli Trees with Pan-Fried Pine Nuts


This is about as speedy as good cooking gets! Broccoli is ideal for the microwave, as the stalks and florets cook evenly and don't go soggy.


  • 500 g broccoli

  • 25 g butter

  • 50 g pine nuts

  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Cut the broccoli into medium florets, leaving a long stalk. Put in a large, microwave-safe bowl, add
    50 ml water, cover with microwave-safe cling film or a lid and microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Alternatively, steam the broccoli for 4-5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, put the butter, pine nuts and salt and pepper to taste in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the nuts are golden and the butter is foaming.

  3. Drain the broccoli through a colander or sieve, return to the bowl and toss with the pine nuts and butter. Serve immediately or let cool and serve as a salad.

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