Purple sprouting broccoli with mint hollandaise

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes

Serves: 2 as a starter


1 egg yolk

60g salted butter, cubed and chilled

1 tsp lemon juice

5 mint leaves, shredded

230g pack purple sprouting broccoli, ends trimmed, big spears halved lengthways


1. In a heavy saucepan, off the heat, whisk the yolk with ½ tbsp water. Add the butter and put the pan on the lowest heat, whisking constantly until the butter melts. Whisk for about 5 minutes until it thickens; don’t raise the heat. If it splits, whisk in ½ tsp boiling water from the kettle to bring it back together.

2. Once thick, take it off the heat and beat in the lemon juice and mint; season. Tip into a jug and stand in a bowl of warm water. With an occasional whisk, it will keep for 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, steam or boil the broccoli for 3-4 minutes, until just tender. Drain well, divide between 2 plates and serve with some sauce poured over.