Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall Harvest: Broccoli w/ Raisin Caper Dressing & Burrata!


The smart gardener (that would be Henry), planted a late crop of broccoli so that I would have some homegrown produce during the chilly months.

The garden that keeps on giving.


This week, we harvested broccoli, along with the kale. Pretty good for October.

I love my homegrown broccoli, it's tender and sweet, and I loved this recipe.


You know I love salty sweet, agrodolce, so this recipe had my name all over it.

This is another terrific vegetable recipe from the fabulous book Mr. Wilkinson's Vegetables.
I love this guy (a lot of love going on here today).

Sweet raisins, with briny capers and salty anchovies, some nice leftover garden basil leaves and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
I was drooling thinking about it.

Mr. W. also serves this dressing over a roasted carrot and squash recipe in the book, which is next on my list.

I wanted to serve it for lunch, not just as a side dish, so I added a big ball of locally made burrata to the plate.
That creamy, milky ball of goodness with a mozzarella casing.

I poured the dressing over everything on the plate, and the rest is history.

So good.


Broccoli w/ Raisin & Caper Dressing w/ Burrata: (adapted from Mr. Wilkinson's Vegetables)

1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets, leaving some stems attached (I love the stems)
1 ball of burrata cheese (or fresh mozzarella, if you can't find burrata)

Dressing:
1 tbsp capers
3 anchovies
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp raisins, soaked in warm water for a few minutes to plump up
3 large basil leaves
juice of half a lemon
2 tsp of balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup of olive oil

Mash the first 5 ingredients to make a rough paste (you can use a chef's knife, or morter and pestle).

Add the lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil and stir with a fork to form a dressing.

Steam the broccoli in boiling water for 3 minutes then pour out water and plate.

Pour dressing over broccoli and cheese, and serve with crusty bread.


Oh my!

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love how you treated us with your garden posts and all the beautiful recipes from your bounty!

Thank you Ms. Snacks!

Bites from life with the barking lot said...

Garden broccoli is so different from what one can find in a store. This was my first year planting it....amazing how it keeps on going. Burrata? Must find out how to make it.....sure not going to find it in MT. I love capers and anchovies together.....this is a must try!

Anneli Faiers (Delicieux) said...

Totally gorgeous dressing! Love all the ingredients. What a lovely healthy plate of food :)