Broccoli with Herbed Hollandaise Sauce and Toasted Bread Crumbs

Executive chef Govind Armstrong of Table Eight in Los Angeles prepares this dish with baby broccoli, a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale, also called broccolini. But broccolini can be a little tough, so Marcia Kiesel opted for broccoli, which is less expensive and reliably sweet and tender when roasted. The florets are ideal for mopping up the creamy, herbed hollandaise sauce.

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  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons (5 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 slice sourdough bread (about 2 ounces), crust removed, bread torn into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli—peeled and cut lengthwise into long, thick florets
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Tabasco
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely chopped thyme

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Skim off the foam from the surface of the butter. Remove from the heat.

  2. In a food processor, pulse the bread to coarse crumbs. Transfer the crumbs to a small cookie sheet, toss with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Bake for about 2 minutes, until golden brown.

  3. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the broccoli with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange the broccoli in an even layer and roast for about 15 minutes, until just tender and starting to brown.

  4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a simmer. In a stainless steel bowl, mix the egg yolks with the tablespoon of boiling water. Set the bowl over the saucepan and whisk the yolks constantly until thickened slightly and bright yellow, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

  5. Gently reheat the butter; very gradually, whisk it into the yolks until a slightly thick sauce forms. Whisk in the lemon juice and a dash of Tabasco and season the hollandaise sauce lightly with salt and pepper. Whisk in the mint and thyme.

  6. Transfer the broccoli to a platter; pour the hollandaise sauce on top. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Try an unoaked Chardonnay, such as one from New Zealand. Or, for contrast, look for a sparkling Prosecco, such as one from the Veneto region of Italy.

Contributed By Photo © Quentin Bacon Published April 2005

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