My Broccoli with Mint & Pine Nuts is the perfect accompaniment for many dishes. I'm not really one for plating an entire meal for myself or if I have guests. As a result, I much prefer the Italian way of family style.
In all honesty, I'm not sure how much other people eat - my portions are always mountainous which often creates a look of horror from my guests on the occasion I do plate up! Conequently it's better to have people decide for themselves how much they take.
Pick & Mix
I love nothing more than serving one focus dish, like a grilled meat or fish and then serve an array of vegetable sides that can be mixed and matched, which above all gives the final spread a sense of balance. Sautéed broccoli is relatively new to me but it's a revelation - especially combined with wine and pine nuts - the combination is perfect.
The mint in this dish pairs so well with the lightly sautéed broccoli and gives the dish a light, summery aroma - the pine nuts lend a nutty hit while the raw red onions - marinated in lemon, added the end, lend a bright citrus crunch. If you'd never thought of pairing broccoli with mint & pine nuts, you should really give this a try.