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Broccoli and Balsamic | The Little Shop of Olive Oils

Broccoli and Balsamic

Totally yum...I love Broccoli stalks!  My Father-in-law loved them too and we enjoyed them every Sunday.


  • 2 large broccoli stalks
  • 1 tablespoon Bella Cucina Basil Pesto
  • 1 Garlic clove
  •  1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (any variety)
  • Lemon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Traditional Balsamic Vinegar
  • Himalayan Salt (pinch)
  • Pepper (to taste)



  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar and oil to a medium heat sauce pan and reduce it until it thickens (2-3 minutes).
  • It should be similar to the consistency of honey


  • Trim your stalks into thin rectangles.
  • Blanch them for 60 seconds in boiling water, salted, then strain and put them into an ice bath to stop the cooking. When they’re completely cooled, dry each piece with a paper towel.
  • Arrange your broccoli stalks on the plate, then spoon pesto over the top, and dot your plate with a bit more pesto. Garnish the broccoli stalks with a bit of basil, and finish by drizzling you’re balsamic reduction
  • Enjoy!

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