Broccoli with crispy bacon, mozzarella and basil dressing recipe

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serves: 2
Skill: easy
Cost: not
Cooking: 15 min
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  • This is a simple recipe that we think will impress your family and friends. You’ll need mozzarella and basil but don’t let that put you off. It’s a dish you’ll want to make again and again.


    • 300g Tenderstem® broccoli
    • 100g smoked bacon
    • 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 red chilli, finely sliced (or use a few pinches of hot chilli flakes)
    • 1tbsp (heaped tbsp) shredded fresh basil leaves
    • 1tbsp lemon or lime juice
    • 1tsp soy sauce
    • 2 mozzarella balls (try the cheese counter at your supermarket)


    • Heat up the frying pan and add the bacon and 1/2tsp of the oil.

    • Cook over a moderate heat until the bacon becomes crispy. Add the chilli and cook for another 30 sec. Using a slotted spoon remove the bacon and chilli from

    • the pan onto a warm plate, keeping the tasty fats in the pan.

    • Add the Tenderstem® broccoli to the pan and toss it to coat with

    • the pan fats (making it even more tasty) and cook for 30 sec on high heat to colour a little. Add 4tbsp of hot water to the pan and immediately put the lid on.

    • Cook over a moderately high heat for 1-2 mins with the lid on.

    • Ideally the Tenderstem broccoli will still have some crunch to it.

    • While the Tenderstem® broccoli is cooking, place the basil with the remaining olive oil in a jam jar and give it a shake with the lid on. Add the lemon juice and soy sauce and shake again.

    • Cut each mozzarella ball into 6 slices.

    • Once the Tenderstem® broccoli is cooked pile it onto 2 plates, then the mozzarella and spoon the bacon over that. Shake the dressing and drizzle it over the mozzarella.

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