Storecupboard Saviour

Pull out those jars hiding at the back of the cupboard to create this simple yet special supper for a loved one in no time. Combining the strong and rich flavours of capers and gherkins with that fresh crunch from the broccoli, this dish goes perfectly with red meat such as lamb and a smooth glass of Rioja.

This recipe was produced by the healthy eating campaign, ‘Vegetables from Europe: We Care, You Enjoy’ which is designed to explain the care that goes into growing fresh produce and to encourage people to eat more vegetables.

The campaign supports the European farmers who combine agricultural experience with the latest food technology to provide you with vegetables packed with flavour and nutrients which can be found at your local supermarket.
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Broccoli with a caper, gherkin and parsley dressing

Serves 4-6

1 head of broccoli

4 tbsp olive oil

½ red onion, finely chopped

15g pine nuts

20g parsley, finely chopped

6 gherkins, sliced

2 tbsp non-pareille capers

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 Cut the broccoli into florets and put into a pan. Pour 100ml water into the base and cover with a lid. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat right down low and simmer until the broccoli is tender.

2 Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan and gently fry the red onion for 1-2 minutes until softened. Stir in the pine nuts and season well. Continue to cook until the nuts are just golden.

3 Stir in the remaining oil, parsley, gherkins and capers. Add the white wine vinegar and simmer for a minute or two.

4 Drain the broccoli then spoon the dressing over the top. Cover with a lid again and shake the pan to toss all the ingredients together then serve.


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