Recipe by Chef Kate
From Rob Kaspar in the Baltimore Sun, this is a really delicious treatment of broccoli. I think it's even better when almost all the bacon fat is drained off and discarded (just enough left to get the flavor) and with a bit less olive oil, but I am posting the original version.
- 2 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (divided use)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh
- 1⁄4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- kosher salt
- fresh ground pepper
- 1 1⁄4 lbs broccoli, tops cut into 1-inch florets, stems sliced 1/4 inch thick
Directions See How It's Made
- Make the sauce: In a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally until crisp, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a dish lined with paper towels, leaving the fat in the pan.
- Add the shallot to the bacon fat and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes (if you want to reduce the fat, use a nonstick pan and discard all but a tiny bit of the bacon grease).
- Add 1 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and scrape with a spoon to dissolve brown bits stuck to the pan.
- Off the heat, stir in the remaining vinegar, the lemon juice and mustard.
- Gradually whisk in the oil (don't worry if the sauce doesn't emulsify).
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook the broccoli: Bring an inch or so of water to a boil in a pot fitted with a steamer insert. Put the broccoli in the steamer; sprinkle with salt, cover tightly and steam until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
- The broccoli should be neither crisp nor soft, but exactly in between. To check, bite into a piece you quickly run under cold water, being careful not to burn your tongue. Transfer to a serving bowl.
- Briefly reheat the sauce if necessary. Drizzle over the steamed broccoli, sprinkle with the bacon bits and serve.