This side dish comes together so quickly. It's flavorful. I prepare it often. It's great to special occasions and everyday. I use anchovy paste to get in some umami flavor and a squeeze of lemon juice at the end to make sure the dish is bright.
Broccolini is one of those veggies that is great when plain broccoli just won't do. Broccolini has a milder flavor than broccoli.
When I'm preparing to cook the broccolini, I make sure to trim off the woody ends. Those stalky ends just never get tender. The last thing you want is to be chewing and chewing something ridiculous.
I use anchovy paste in this recipe to bring in some umami flavor to this sautéed broccolini dish. The anchovy paste is needed to make this side dish great. If you want to keep the dish vegetarian, you can add in some fresh herbs like basil or marjoram.
This is the perfect side dish for an Easter dinner menu or any special occasion. But it's so easy to prepare that I make it this side dish recipe all the time. You'll see that the recipe is just 3 easy steps.
1 lb Broccolini
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic, sliced thin
1 tsp Anchovy paste
1/2 Cup Water
Juice of Half a Lemon
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
Heat olive oil, garlic, and anchovy paste over low heat until garlic becomes fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Stir in broccolini and ensure that it is coated. Raise the temperature to medium-high and add in water and cover. Allow to steam for 8 - 10 minutes until broccolini is soft.
Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Enjoy!