Purple sprouting broccoli with anchovy dressing

This recipe is perfect to serve as a main meal or as a side vegetable dish. It can be eaten all year round.


Serves 4 for lunch or 6-8 as a side vegetable

400g purple sprouting broccoli
5tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of dried chilli flakes
4 whole garlic cloves
6 anchovy fillets
Juice of half a lemon


Achieving the perfect results

  1. Steam the broccoli until it's nice and tender. This is one recipe where it's better if it's not really crunchy, so it absorbs all of the flavours.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan, and gently fry the whole garlic cloves until they're golden brown. Remove them from the pan and add the chilli and the anchovies. Fry gently until the anchovies breakdown. Season with a twist of pepper and the lemon and remove from the heat.
  3. You can either drizzle the dressing over the cooked, drained broccoli now, or blitz it with a stick blender to make a creamier dressing, then coat the broccoli.

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