Broccoli à la Catalan

This is Week #4 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food & Wine Annual Cookbook 2010.

I adore broccoli and peppers alike, but this recipe is most definitely not one that I would have picked out of a cookbook on my own. Which is precisely why I am loving this challenge! I'm broadening my horizons, and I am finding that I should not be judging recipes so harshly.

This was a fantastic side dish! My husband made chicken to go along with it for dinner, and everything tasted great together. Oooo, I just had an idea! Tomorrow night I am going to cube the leftover chicken and toss it in with the broccoli and peppers. Mmmmm, can't wait. Why do I get so excited about food?

Roast 4 red bell peppers. When they are finished (keep the oven on!), allow the peppers to cool.

Once they have cooled, peel, seed and core them and cut them into thin strips. Place the pepper strips into a bowl along with:

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Salt and pepper, to taste

Spread 1 tablespoon of pine nuts (I used chopped walnuts for this reason) on a pie plate and toast in the oven until golden, about 2 minutes.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine:

1 tablespoon golden raisins (I used 2 Tbsp)

1 teaspoon sherry vinegar

2 tablespoons water

Microwave for 30 seconds, until the raisins are plump. Let cool, then drain the liquid from the raisins.

In a saucepan fitted with a steamer basket, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Add 2 cups of broccoli florets cut into 3/4-inch pieces, cover and steam until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer broccoli to a bowl and toss with:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sherry vinegar

Microwaved golden raisins

Toasted pine nuts (or walnuts)

Salt and pepper, to taste

Spread the peppers on a platter and top with the broccoli salad. Serve immediately. Enjoy! 

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