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    Heston's broccoli and almonds

    Breathe new life into broccoli. Warming blanched florets in a mixture of stock and brown butter, then garnishing with toasted almonds, gives the vegetable a rich, nutty and fresh character. 

    • Christmas
    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes
    • Total time: 35 minutes 35 minutes

    Serves: 6 - 8


    75g salted butter
    160g heston from Waitrose chicken stock
    900g broccoli, cut into medium-sized florets
    90g flaked almonds 


    1. Put the butter in a pan over a medium heat, whisking continuously, until the solids turn golden brown and give off a nutty aroma. Strain the butter through a coffee filter, discard the solids, and return to the pan with the stock; heat gently until melted. Using a hand blender, blitz the liquid until fully emulsified. Season and set aside.

    2. Fill a large pan three- quarters full with water and bring to the boil. Carefully drop in the broccoli. Blanch for 2-3 minutes (depending on the size of the florets). Drain, then place in a bowl of iced water to cool completely. Set aside.

    3. Preheat the oven to 190 ̊C, gas mark 5. Put the almonds on a tray and toast for about 5 minutes until golden brown; set aside to cool.

    4. To finish the dish, warm up the butter and chicken stock emulsion, add the broccoli and heat until warmed through. To serve, place in a deep bowl and garnish with the almonds. 

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