Thursday, August 18, 2016

Roasted Broccolini with Black Garlic and Lemon Vinaigrette

If you have been reading for a while now, you know I basically live at Trader Joe's. I buy 90% of my groceries there and absolutely love the place. One thing I love about it, is discovering new foods. They are always coming out with new amazing products that I eventually fall in love with. One of those products: fermented black garlic. 

The taste of these almost jet black and sticky garlic is much like it has been roasted - but with a stronger and more intense flavor. It is also super good for you, any food that has been fermented tends to be really awesome for your tummy and insides. I knew I had to try it. Cruising around the store I spotted some beautiful broccolini and formulated a plan. You can use regular broccoli or really any other veg for this recipe!

What you need:
1/2 lb to 1 lb of brocollini/broccoli
3-4 cloves of black garlic
The juice of 1 lemon
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat your oven to 425 degrees. Toss trimmed and cleaned broccolini in olive oil with a dash of salt and pepper. Spread out on a baking sheet and roast for about 7 minutes until slightly tender and crispy around the edges. Meanwhile, mash the garlic with about a teaspoon of sea salt. Mix in the juice of the lemon. Whisk in about a 1/4 cup of good olive oil to create a vinaigrette. Taste and season with salt and pepper accordingly. When broccolini is done, toss with the vinaigrette right away and serve. This dish is SO flavorful and sure to impress your guests. It also is amazing the next day in your lunch! I served mine with a simple salad, sautéed spicy shrimp and cauliflower puree. Yum!

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