The key to this is not to overcook the broccolini which is hard because it’s so slender, but it’s really yummy!  And you have GOT to check out the link at the bottom for the Mixed Berry Pavlova.  My nerve endings are tingling just at the thought of that sugary sweetness.


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Show: Barefoot Contessa

Episode: Jeffrey’s Surprise Party



Kosher salt
4 bunches broccolini (1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup good olive oil
11/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon



  1. In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water and 2 tablespoons salt to a boil. Remove and discard the bottom third of the broccolini stems. If some stems are very thick, cut them in half lengthwise.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and the pepper. When the water comes to a full boil, add the broccolini, return to a boil, and cook over high heat for 2 minutes, until the stalks are just tender. Drain well and place in a large bowl. Pour enough dressing over the broccolini to moisten and toss well. Splash with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice, sprinkle with salt, and serve warm or hot.

Other Recipes from this Episode


Butterflied Chicken

Mixed Berry Pavlova

Tomato Kabobs