Broccoli Timbales

Broccoli Timbales


Serves 6

1 large bunch broccoli
4 tablespoons butter, softened
4 tablespoons good quality sour cream, or creme fraiche
4 eggs. lightly beaten
1 small onion, very finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
good pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
  1. Steam your broccoli until just tender and coloured a deep green
  2. Place the broccoli in your food processor and pulse a few times until well chopped.
  3. Add the butter, sour cream, eggs and onion and blend well.
  4. Season to taste.
  5. Pour or ladle a cup of mixture into six well-buttered moulds, or ramekins or even muffin tins.
  6. Fill a baking pan with boiling water to a depth of halfway up the moulds. Place moulds into the baking pan and bake uncovered at 180 deg C, or 350 deg F for 20 minutes until a knife inserted near the centre comes out clean.
  7. Loosen timbales gently with a knife around the edge and turn onto individual plates or a warmed platter.
  8. Garnish with any green herb such as a fine dill leaf or flat leaf parsley. Dill compliments the flavour perfectly.
If you are serving these as an entree or for a special occasion, and you are not counting the calories,  it will be delicious and very effective to serve them with the lemon sauce given below.

Lemon sauce:

2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 tablespoons softened butter
1 teaspoon powdered chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons snipped fresh dill

In a small bowl, combine 1 cup cream and lemon juice, and let this stand for 1 hour at room temperature.

For the sauce, combine flour and butter  to form a paste. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the lemon-cream mixture, powdered chicken stock and salt and pepper. Bring to the boil. Whisk butter mixture into the cream mixture until it is smooth and the mixture has thickened. Add snipped dill. Remove from the heat and set aside. Serve around the base of the timbales.

For other broccoli recipes try the following which are also delicious:

Broccoli Bites, great for kids:-

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