Broccolini® is the perfect no-prep, no-waste veggie to add bags of flavour and goodness to quick weeknight dinners. Available all year round, the much-loved green is a distinct veggie variety that is a mix of broccoli and Chinese kale. Broccolini® is recognisable by its loose florets and tender stems – distinctively different to broccoli or baby broccoli. Chef Tom Walton says his favourite way to cook Broccolini® is to simply chargrill it for two minutes.
“Don’t cut the stem off, just toss in olive oil and salt then pop it on the grill. It only takes a couple of minutes until it’s bright green, nicely charred and still holding its shape,” said Walton.
“Broccolini® has a slight peppery taste that becomes sweeter as it cooks. It’s a great side for fish or steak. And I love to dunk it into a herby dip – that’s my type of finger food.”
To keep your Broccolini® crunchy and fresh, keep it cool. Remove the biodegradable bands and tag and store in a reusable plastic bag in the fridge - don’t seal completely as Broccolini® needs room to breathe. It will keep for around seven days and simply rinse before using.
Here are chef Tom Walton’s top five tips for using Broccolini®:
Eat Broccolini® stem and all, no need to peel or cut.
Cook on a high heat and for a short amount of time to keep its nutrition and colour.
Grilling is a delicious way to enjoy Broccolini® and create some gnarly, delicious char and flavour.
You can freeze it too! Quickly blanche your Broccolini® in boiling water until it’s bright green, chill in iced water and then place stems in a zip-lock bag for freezing. It will last in the freezer for six months and is super quick to thaw and grill.
A fun way to serve Broccolini® is to tie the bunch up with twine and roast it. Guests can untie it at the table.
WEEKNIGHT SHORTCUTS WITH BROCCOLINI® - 5 X 15-MINUTE DINNERS 1. Stir-Fry Star – No prep, no chopping, it’s good to pop straight in a hot wok. Try Broccolini® and Teriyaki Beef 2. Perfect Topper – For a healthy home-made pizza that’s quicker than delivery try Broccolini® and Chorizo Pizza 3. Prep Refresh –Adding grilled Broccolini® to a prepped meal is a great way to freshen flavours. Tom Walton’s Broccolini® and Spiced Red Lentil and Coconut Dahl is perfect to prep ahead. Make the dahl and freeze in serves so it’s ready to heat and eat. Then all you need to do is chargrill the Broccolini®. 4. Nice Noodles – Broccolini® is bold enough to carry strong Asian flavours. Try a quick Broccolini® Prawn Pad Thai or Broccolini® with Honey Soy Beef Hokkien Noodles. 5. Ultimate Wing-Man – Grilling Broccolini® (see how-to demo by chef Tom Walton) creates a delicious, sweet, smoky side dish that’s perfect with salmon, chicken or steak. A fresh and quick dinner in 15 minutes.
Broccolini® is cross between broccoli & Chinese kale grown exclusively in Australia by Perfection Fresh.
It’s entirely edible with a mild peppery taste that becomes sweeter when cooked.
Broccolini® is not baby broccoli. It’s a specialty veggie that’s sweeter with delicate feathered florets and more tender stems.
Fioretto® cauli blossom is now in season and in abundance, with a longer season window so you’ll be able to enjoy this beautiful veggie well into November. Aptly named Fioretto®, meaning ‘little flower’ in Italian, this pretty veggie is entirely edible with deliciously tender stems and a creamy texture. Its flavour is sweeter than traditional cauliflower and there’s no cauliflower smell when it cooks!
“I like to roast Fioretto® cauli-blossom with a little olive oil because its sweet flavour works so well with some light charring,” said Walton.
“It roasts in just 10 minutes and its stems turn bright green when ready, making the tiny white flowers appear even more delicate. It really is a pretty veggie and instantly makes a dish that little bit more special. I love it for entertaining, especially when building flavours and layering it up on platters and in warm winter salads.
“You can even use it to create a gourmet take on cauliflower and cheese. Simply top roasted Fioretto® cauli-blossom with Gruyère, or your favourite melting cheese, and pop it under the grill for two minutes. It’s so deliciously good.”
Much more than a pretty veg, Fioretto® cauli-blossom is low in calories, a source of fibre and contains vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium. It’s no wonder it has good health credentials, it belongs to the brassica veggie family that includes Broccolini®, kale and Brussel sprouts.
First time with Fioretto®?
For anyone who’s yet to give cauli-blossom a try, here are Chef Tom Walton’s tips to mastering Fioretto®:
Prep - Fioretto® cauli-blossom needs little preparation. Simply pull apart the bouquet and use. You can eat the whole veggie. For larger florets, you can simply slice them in half lengthways.
Cook - Cook on a high heat and for a short amount of time to keep its nutrition and sweet flavour. While it appears delicate, Fioretto® is a very versatile veggie and can stand up to any cooking method. It can be grilled, roasted, steamed, blanched, barbequed, stir fried, pickled or even eaten raw. What’s even better, it doesn’t smell like traditional cauliflower when it’s cooking.
Pair - Its sweet creamy flavour works with any cuisine. Fioretto® pairs deliciously well with chilli, lemon, garlic, anchovy, miso and herbs. Dress your Fioretto® with vin cotto for a sweeter dish and vinaigrettes, like sherry, for a sharper finish. Fragrant spices like cumin, carraway, coriander and curry spice, pair well with Fioretto®, as well as Asian seasonings like soy, sesame oil and oyster sauce.
Store - The best way to store Fioretto® is simply in its pack in the fridge.
Fioretto® means “little flower” in Italian.
It’s entirely edible with tender stems and sweet creamy blossoms.
Fioretto® looks delicate but it’s a versatile veggie that can be cooked in any way or eaten raw. What’s even better, there’s no cauliflower smell when it cooks.
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