Recipe: Vegetable Bollito Misto with Mustard Butter

10 Feb

Bollito Misto literally translates from Italian to “Mixed Boil” and doesn’t sound like the sexiest way to cook vegetables.  In Italy, mammas make bollito misto by boiling various meats together for hours (tongue, capon, veal, etc.) then serving the meats with tasty sauces and serving the broth with tortellini.   Deborah Madison had a veggie version of bollito misto in Vegetarian Suppers that I wanted to try and it was fantastic.  Easy to make and super satisfying on a chilly, rainy night.

Ingredients for the broth

  • Several sprigs of thyme and parsley
  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 t peppercorns
  • 2 t salt
  • 2 t olive oil
  • 2 baby shallots, sliced down the middle (or 1 small onion chopped)

Take 2 large sautee pans (I used a 10-inch and a 12-inch) and fill 2/3 with water.  Divide ingredients among the saucepans and bring to a simmer.

Ingredients for veggies (vary the amount depending on how many people you’re serving.  This made enough for 2 with leftovers for lunch the next day.  Leftover veggies can also be joined with their stock to make a pureed soup)

  • 3 turnips, pealed and cut into wedges
  • 4 or 5 radishes, quartered
  • 2 stalks of celery, cut into long sticks
  • 1 large carrot, cut into long sticks
  • 4 Brussels sprouts, quartered
  • 1/4 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • a handful of fingerling potatoes, larger ones halved lengthwise

Use one of the pans for stinky or difficult vegetables (turnips, radishes, brussels sprouts) and the other for more neutral vegetables.  Slip the veggies that take the longest to cook in the water first (potatoes, carrots, celery) and then continue to add in the other veggies as you move along.  Basically I added in the veggies as I prepped them.  Keep checking the veggies and gently stir them.  If you’re afraid that anything’s getting overcooked, it’s easy to take it out of the broth.  Continue to simmer until everything is cooked through.  It won’t take long.

Ingredients for the mustard butter

  • 4 T butter, softened
  • 2 t dijon mustard (or any other mustard you happen to have)
  • small handful chopped herbs (I used parsley, thyme, basil and marjoram)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside

To serve:  With a slotted spoon pile the vegetables in a dish and pour a little bit of the broth on top.  Dot with the mustard butter, which will begin to melt into the sauce and serve with some good bread.


One Response to “Recipe: Vegetable Bollito Misto with Mustard Butter”

  1. blankoliver February 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    I loved it!!

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