Spicy Sesame Broccolini Recipe

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Spicy Sesame Broccolini Recipe

You've probably passed broccolini at the store and wondered what it is. A cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli, Broccolini is a tender, green, delicious vegetable you should try for dinner. A quick blanch and then toss with spicy sesame dressing makes them a perfect accompaniment roasted meat or Asian-themed dish


2 bunches broccolini
2 tbsp plus 2 tsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tbsp plus
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp  vinegar
2 tsp minced garlic
Freshly ground pepper

  In a pot of boiling salted water, blanch the broccolini for about 2 minutes, until tender crisp.  Fish them out with tongs and shock in cold water to stop the cooking.  Drain them and dry well.  Cut in half, if you find them a  bit large.

Use a spice grinder, food processor, or your knife to finely chop up 2 Tbsp sesame seeds and ½ tsp hot pepper flakes.  Stir them in a bowl with the 2 tbsp vegetable oil, sesame oil, vinegar, garlic, and pepper.  Toss with the broccolini.  You can garnish it with more sesame seeds and hot pepper flakes if you like.

Makes  4 servings

Adapted from Bon Appetit

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