Recipe Corner: Broccolini with Garlic and Olives


By Christine Vartanian Datian

1 large bunch broccolini, ends trimmed

1 large roasted red bell pepper, peeled, seeded, diced

1/2 medium onion, minced

1/2 cup black or Kalamata olives, chopped

4 large cloves garlic, minced or chopped

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1/2 teaspoon sea or Kosher salt

Dash of fresh ground pepper

Juice of one lemon plus 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Crumbled Feta cheese or fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes

Toasted chopped walnuts or almonds



Wash broccolini and trim the ends; cut in pieces or lengthwise.  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook broccolini for 5-6 minutes or until tender.  Remove from heat, drain, and place in a large bowl.

In a skillet, sauté the garlic and onions in a few tablespoons of olive oil until onions are light brown.  Toss the garlic and onions with the broccolini and add the red pepper, salt, pepper, olives, lemon juice, lemon zest, and a dash of olive oil, and toss.

To serve, top broccolini with choice of cheese, red pepper flakes, and toasted walnuts or almonds, if desired.  Serve sliced lemon on the side.

Serves 4.

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