Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Romanesco and Parmesan Purée


I have never bought Broccoli Romanesco. I always admire its beauty at the market, and sometimes even put a head or two in my shopping basket, then change my mind. The vibrant chartreuse exterior and bizarre texture deeply appeal to me aesthetically, but I have been intimidated to cook it.

This week, we got our first CSA box from Riverdog Farm - one of my favorite stops at the Berkeley Farmer's Market. And what did I find.... 2 heads of Romanesco! I did some sleuthing about how to prepare this stunning vegetable. It seems that it can easily be steamed, roasted, etc, like any other broccoli and cauliflower. Plus I found out it is rich in Vitamin C.

I wanted to celebrate my new ingredient, so this is the recipe I had to try. I think you will really enjoy it - I am loving every bite as I sit here writing to you.


INGREDIENTS
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living, November 2007

  • 2 heads Broccoli Romanesco
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2/3 cup Parmesan, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

Remove Romanesco florets from stalk and separate into pieces. Thinly slice garlic. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and Romanesco florets and cook about 8-10 minutes. Romanesco should begin to turn golden. ( If the garlic begins to burn, add a splash or two of water.) Then add 1/2 cup water and salt. Cover pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes until Romanesco is tender.





While Romanesco is cooking, gently warm milk and cream in a saucepan.

Place half of cooked Romanesco in a food processor or blender with half of warmed milk/cream. Blend. Put blended Romanesco in a bowl. Repeat with other half of ingredients. Then add 1/2 cup Parmesean, salt, and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Serve purée on top of your favorite crackers, or on little slices of bread that have been pan-fried in butter. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy!



4 comments:

  1. Chris SilvermanJanuary 26, 2010

    That looks and sounds friggin delicous. Thanks Yummy Super for another great dish!

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  2. Those things are just so beautiful; the art of nature.

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  3. I never knew what it was called but it was sold in abundance in the morning market at Treviso when I was living in Italy, pity I didn't find your recipe earlier! Thanks for sharing and I'll attempt it as soon as I see one, though they haven't made an appearance here in Beijing

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  4. The first picture is SO beautiful!! Love the angle you took the picture. The puree sounds delicious!

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