A Side Dish for All Suppers

Colourful and delicious, broccoli pur?e is the perfect accompaniment to?grilled chicken or roasted fish. Add a silky spoonful to Gregans' seared scallops with broccoli, kohlrabi with?cashew and lime dressing. Find the recipe for this summer scallop supper in the July/August?issue of Image Interiors & Living, on shelf on Thursday, 22nd June. Below chef David Hurley of Gregans Castle Hotel shares his perfect broccoli pur?e recipe.

Serves 4

Ingredients
50g butter
1 large shallot finely sliced
I head of broccoli, finely chopped
A handful of washed baby spinach
Salt and pepper
500g vegetable stock
Knob of butter

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Method

  1. Sweat the shallot in the butter with a little salt and pepper until tender, but without colour.
  2. Add the vegetable stock and bring it to a rolling boil.
  3. Add the broccoli and cook on a high heat until tender.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the spinach, stirring for 1 minute until cooked.
  5. Strain the excess stock from the vegetables but reserve some to adjust the consistency of the pur?e later if necessary.
  6. Pur?e the vegetables in a food processor with a knob of butter until smooth. Adjust the seasoning or consistency as needed.
  7. Pass through a fine strainer and serve immediately, or chill quickly over ice to preserve the colour if using the pur?e later.

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