Mario Batalis Broccoli with Pecorino Romano

Aired April 30, 2010

Kosher salt
1 large bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/2 cup coarsely grated pecorino romano
2 tablespoons warm water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Maldon or other flaky sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons kosher salt.

Cut off the thick broccoli stalks, and cut the broccoli into 1-inch florets with about 1 inch of the tender stalks. Reserve the stalks for another use. Add the broccoli to the boiling water and blanch until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes; do not overcook. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking; drain well and pat dry.

Put the pecorino in a large bowl and whisk in the warm water. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in the oil to make a loose emulsion. Add the broccoli and toss to coat. Season with Maldon salt, if necessary, and with pepper. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving.

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