Smoky Charred Broccoli with Tahini-Maple Vinaigrette

Hello! I hope you are keeping well after over a month in quarantine. I have loved ones that are doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and essential business owners/workers – and I am so grateful to them and everyone like them that are putting everything on the line to ensure others are safe, healthy and surviving. Big thank you to all of you! 

I am doing my part to flatten the curve by staying indoors, but one thing that I miss is some of my favourite restaurant dishes. An amazing vegan restaurant in my city makes a charred broccolini and it is heavenly. Unfortunately, they are out of my neighbourhood of delivery, so I decided to do my own take on this smoky deliciousness. Please note that this dish is spicy and the cooking directions may vary slightly based on the type of stove you have. My recipe is based on a flat top electric stove.

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SMOKY CHARRED BROCCOLI INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Head of Broccoli, large chunks (I did a rough chop that made approx. 5 cups)
  • 5 scallions, approx. 2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt

TAHINI-MAPLE VINAIGRETTE

  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. In a bowl mix together all ingredients for smoky charred broccoli. Use your hands to massage the oil/spices into the broccoli and ensure everything is evenly coated
  2. Put skillet on stove at medium high heat. Once the skillet is warmed up, throw in broccoli mixture. do not move around the mixture too much while it cooks. We want it to get a nice smoky char, but also cook through the vegetables. Let sit for 6-8 minutes (less time for gas range, more time for electric stove).
  3. The best time to make the vinaigrette is while the broccoli is cooking. Mix together all vinaigrette ingredients with a whisk. If the mixture is thick, add splashes of water to the mixture until it has a creamy, dressing consistency. You don’t want it to be too waterY, so be careful when adding water (a little at a time is best!)
  4. after 6-8 minutes has passed, toss the mixture, and turn the stove to high heat. Let the mixture sit for 1-2 minutes before tossing some more. Continue this process for another 8 minutes until everything is a bit charred, or even slightly burnt.
  5. Place the broccoli on a dish and drizzle with as much or little tahini-maple vinaigrette as desired. Enjoy 🙂

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