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Baby Broccoli with Hazelnut Butter

Holiday Dinner Comes Together

Whether you have a traditional roast, meatballs, ham, turkey, fish, tamales or goose (hello Tiny Tim) for Christmas dinner, this gorgeous side will be pretty perfect. Or pretty and perfect. Depends on how you like to look at it.

The perfection comes in the special little hazelnuts sizzled in butter that browns into a tasty golden sauce. It’s just fancy enough for a Christmas Eve, day or holiday dinner, but easy enough that you might just want it on a regular Wednesday.

Tip: Baby broccoli is dark green with tender long stems and tiny tree tops. If you can’t find it in your market, broccoli rabe is a great substitution. I like the mild flavor of baby broccoli though, so I suggest you ask your grocer to order it!

 

 

5 from 1 vote
Baby Broccoli with Hazelnut Butter
Work Time
10 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Take advantage of a delicious seasonal vegetable for this beautiful side dish.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baby broccoli with Hazelnut butter
Calories: 970 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (3 oz) skinned roasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lb baby broccoli trimmed
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. For hazelnut butter, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add nuts and cook until butter begins to brown and nuts just start to turn golden, about 3 min. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, bring ¾ cup water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and cook, turning occasionally, until just tender, 8 to 10 min. Using tongs, transfer to a platter. Stir together nuts, butter, salt and zest; spoon over broccoli.
Recipe Notes

Tip: Baby broccoli is dark green with tender long stems and tiny tree tops. If you can’t find it in your market, broccoli rabe is a great substitution. I like the mild flavor of baby broccoli though, so I suggest you ask your grocer to order it!

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Baby Broccoli with Hazelnut Butter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 970 Calories from Fat 738
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 82g 126%
Saturated Fat 31g 155%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 721mg 30%
Potassium 408mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 13g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 188.5%
Vitamin C 509.1%
Calcium 40.2%
Iron 37.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Recipe by Tara Bench
Originally published in Ladies’ Home Journal Dec 2007
Photography Quentin Bacon
Food Styling Tara Bench
Prop Styling Bella Foster

 

 

 

 

 

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