No last minute scurrying with this recipe, as you can assemble it several hours ahead and bake in the bain marie when you are ready to serve, which makes it a good choice for your dinner party.
It is not not fussy like a souffle, so it can wait patiently for you in its hot water bath if dinner is slightly delayed.
But no need to wait for your next dinner party it's a delicious way to serve broccoli anytime.
A mildly flavored and creamy, tender custard, even those that claim not to like broccoli may change their minds over this one as it doesn't have the texture or strong aroma or taste of broccoli prepared the usual ways.
Timbales de Broccoli
4 -six ounce servings
These timbales may be made a few hours ahead, refrigerated then bake when you're ready to serve. (If right from the fridge allow extra minutes to compensate for the chill factor.)
3/4 pound broccoli florets.
My notes: Stems can be utilized, too, just chop them in small pieces and steam/cook longer than the florets. Add the florets near the end of cooking time when the stem pieces are beginning to become tender.
3 Tablespoons creme fraiche or whipping cream (whipping cream/ heavy cream works fine in this recipe)
1 egg, plus 1 yolk
1 Tablespoon chopped spring onion/scallion (optional
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground pepper
Your favorite white wine butter sauce (beurre blanc)
, to serve (optional)
fresh chives, or thinly sliced scallios to garnish.
Preheat oven to 375-degrees (F)
Lightly butter four 6-ounce ramekins. Line the bases with greaseproof paper and butter the paper.
Steam the broccoli in the top of a covered steamer over boiling water for 8 - 10 minutes until very tender. Or boil in salted water until easily pierced with a knife tip.
Put the broccoli in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and process with the cream, egg, and yolk until smooth.
Add the spring onion, if using, and season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Pulse to mix.
Spoon the puree into the prepared ramekins and place the ramekins in a baking dish.
Add boiling water to come halfway up the sides, then bake for 25 minutes, until just set.
Invert onto warmed plates and peel off the paper. May serve with a Beurre Blanc sauce; pour a little sauce around each timbale and garnish with chives.
To my mind the sauce might be too much for this recipe, I think it's just perfect the way it is.
I made the timbales in these porcelain oval ramekins. A large number fit into a big roasting pan, making them the perfect shape for baking many at once.