Recipe

Broccoli Melts

Summary

Yield
small-medium open-faced melts
SourceSmittenKitchen.com
Prep time20 minutes
Cooking time10 minutes
Total time30 minutes

Description

I usually make this with broccolini, which I prefer because it much less notably discolors when hit with lemon juice. Outside of aesthetics, both broccolini and regular broccoli work the same here, and are equally delicious. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys anchovies, they meld well here with the garlic and pepper flakes.

Ingredients

1 lb
broccolini or regular broccoli
2 T
olive oil
3 clv
garlic (minced)
3 pn
red pepper flakes (to taste)
  pn
lemon zest (Finely grated)
1⁄2
lemon juice (juice before zesting only if you enjoy being grumpy)
 
Coarse salt (to taste)
1⁄2 c
aged pecorino romano cheese (finely grated)
8 sli
provolone (thin slices totally unfancy deli)
8 sli
bread (of your choice)

Instructions

  1. If using broccolini, cut it into 2-inch segments. If regular broccoli, peel the stems with a vegetable peeler first so that they cook evenly, and cut the rest into large chunks.
  2. Pour about 1-inch puddle of salted water into a large sauté pan and bring to a boil. Add broccoli and cover with a lid and boil/steam for 2 minutes. Drain well and pat dry on paper towels, wringing out as much extra liquid as possible. Chop into small (roughly 1/2-inch) bits.
  3. Wipe sauté pan dry and heat over medium. Add olive oil and let it heat for a full minute. Add garlic and pepper flakes, cooking for 1 minutes, or until the garlic is just beginning to turn golden. Add the broccoli and cook 1 to 2 minutes more, seasoning with salt. Transfer mixture to a bowl and add lemon zest, juice, pecorino and more salt and pepper flakes to taste.
  4. Heat broiler. Arrange slices of bread on a tray and lightly toast on both sides. Scoop broccoli mixture onto each slice of bread, lay a slice of provolone over it and run under the broiler until cheese has melted and begun to blister. Eat. Repeat. Don’t forget to share, or at least hide the evidence if you decide not to.
 

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