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It's December, so you know what that means: the holiday rush is on! Since it's my first recipe this month, you are probably expecting an elaborate holiday dish... but truth be told, when things are so hectic, I hardly have time to cook! That's why today, I'm sharing one of my favorite quick and easy recipes that I frequently use as an appetizer or side dish (my Easy Grilled Broccolini), along with one of my tried-and-true shortcuts.
I love how the broccolini is so flavorful and spicy, along with the nutty shavings of Pecorino Romano on top. It also looks so green and gorgeous, don't you think? There's also zero chopping involved and just a couple of ingredients needed to whip this up. I think you'll be making this dish, even when you do have extra time to spare because it's just that delicious!
First of all, let me know if you can relate to any of these situations. Work hours are even longer these days due to the upcoming holidays, so when I get home, I want to eat something super quick to prepare. It's dark out so early, that I just can't wait to get right home after a long day and stay inside (so no eating out or grocery shopping). Family and friends pop over during the week and expect to catch up over a little dinner, sometimes unexpectedly!
Well, I found the perfect solution to all of those holiday predicaments: pizza and broccoli! Actually, it's not just ANY pizza and broccoli, it's kicked up a notch: the CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN® Crispy Thin Crust Oven Ready Pizza, Sicilian variety and my Easy Grilled Broccolini! See, it sounds SO much better and grown-up, right?
Why do I rely on this delicious combo? It takes about 20 minutes from start to finish, including clean-up time, and it's so flavorful and fancy that no one will know how easy it was to get everything cooked up.
Step 1 of being prepared is to head to Walmart and get a CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN® Crispy Thin Crust Oven Ready Pizza, Sicilian or two. It'll last in the freezer until you need it, so keep at least one on hand for emergencies! While you're there, pick up the broccolini ingredients below! Another reason this is a great dish is that you can buy the ingredients even a week beforehand, and they'll keep. There's nothing worse than having your vegetables go bad before you have a chance to cook them!
Step 2 is to follow the easy directions on the back of the package. While your pizza cooks for 16 - 17 minutes, that's when you get to make the recipe. Let's get to it!
Easy Grilled Broccolini
A Vintage Zest original recipe
- 12 oz. broccolini, washed
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- Salt, to taste
- Fresh ground pepper, to taste
- Crushed red pepper, to taste
- Pecorino Romano, to taste
1. Fill a medium-sized pot with water and bring to a boil.
2. Blanch the broccolini for 2 to 3 minutes.
Tip: Blanching means to just boil for the allotted time, then removing the items and placing them in an ice bath or running under cold water to cool it down and stop the cooking process.
3. Heat up the olive oil on a grill pan, and add the broccolini.
4. Season with the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
5. When the broccolini starts to get grill marks remove from the pan. If you prefer yours more blackened, keep it on the grill pan for longer!
6. Top with shaved Pecorino Romano, using a cheese shaver or vegetable peel.
By the time you're done with the broccolini, your pizza will be either done or cooling off. It's as simple as that! If company is coming over, I just set out a few plates, roll some silverware into tea towels, and I'm done. Easy peasy! For more flavorful holiday recipes, check out this Pinterest board full of great ideas!
With a few quick and delicious recipes like this one, I know I can conquer the holidays! What about you?
What are your favorite easy recipes during the holidays?
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