If you're looking for a vibrant and flavorful side dish to complement your meal, look no further than Red Wine Vinegar Broccolini. This dish combines the natural bitterness of broccolini with the tangy notes of red wine vinegar and the richness of infused olive oil, creating a mouthwatering and nutritious accompaniment.
In this blog post, we will explore a delightful recipe for Red Wine Vinegar Broccolini with infused olive oil that will add a touch of elegance to your dining experience. Get ready to indulge in a burst of flavors and textures.
- 1 bunch of broccolini, trimmed
- 2 tablespoons of infused olive oil (options include garlic-infused, lemon-infused, or chili-infused olive oil)
- 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Crushed red pepper flakes (optional, for a hint of heat)
- Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
Start by blanching the broccolini to tenderize it. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the broccolini. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the broccolini turns bright green and slightly tender. Drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Once cooled, pat dry with a paper towel.
In a large skillet, heat the infused olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
Add the blanched broccolini to the skillet and toss it in the infused olive oil and garlic mixture. Sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes until the broccolini is heated through and slightly charred.
Drizzle the red wine vinegar over the broccolini and toss to coat evenly. Allow it to cook for another minute to let the flavors meld together.
Season the broccolini with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes (if desired) to add a touch of heat. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences.
Once the broccolini is cooked to your desired tenderness, remove it from the heat and transfer it to a serving dish. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top for an extra layer of flavor, if desired.
New Ideas and Tips:
Infused Olive Oil Variations: Experiment with different infused olive oil varieties to enhance the flavors of your Red Wine Vinegar Broccolini. For a garlic lover's delight, use garlic-infused olive oil. If you prefer a citrusy twist, try lemon-infused olive oil. And for a spicy kick, opt for chili-infused olive oil. The infused oil will infuse the broccolini with additional depth and complexity.
Roasting Option: Instead of sautéing the broccolini, you can roast it in the oven for a slightly different flavor profile. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Toss the blanched broccolini with infused olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper on a baking sheet. Roast for about 15-20 minutes, or until the broccolini is tender and slightly crispy around the edges. Drizzle the red wine vinegar over the roasted broccolini and give it a gentle toss before serving.
Serve with Accompaniments: Red Wine Vinegar Broccolini pairs well with various accompaniments. Consider topping it with toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds for added crunch.