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Broccoli Pesto Braid

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Broccoli Pesto Braid
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 6
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Broccoli Pesto Braid

And you thought I only braided my hair, youuuuu.

Ingredients

1
pound bag Cascadian Farm™ frozen organic broccoli florets
1/4
cup slivered almonds, toasted
2
cloves garlic, chopped
1/4
cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1
pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4
cup extra-virgin olive oil
1
can (11 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crusty French loaf

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 2 Thaw your broccoli florets in some warm water for just a few minutes. Drain and pat dry as best as you can.
  • 3 In a food processor, combine the broccoli, almonds, garlic, cheese, salt and pepper. With the motor running, add the oil in a thin stream, until you get a pesto consistency. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  • 4 Roll the loaf out into a square on a floured surface. Spoon the broccoli pesto down the center of the square.
  • 5 Using a small paring knife, cut little strips in the dough on either side of the pesto. Then go back and cut out every other strip, allowing for the pesto to be seen through the braid.
  • 6 Fold each strip over each other, creating the braid look.
  • 7 Slide onto a lightly greased, rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes.
  • 8 Slice and serve!
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Broccoli Pesto Braid

As prepared by Bev Cooks,

And you thought I only braided my hair, youuuuu.


I miss a good French braid.

I also miss Electric Youth perfume, Wilson Phillips and blue mascara, but I probably shouldn't have just typed that out.

I'll be straight with ya, some days when I'm working in the garden, working out or working for the weekend, I'll throw my hair in a dang french braid and high five myself.

WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO ABOUT IT?

Oh you don't really care? Oh.

Shall we braid some bread then? Because I like braiding bread too. It's just like hair but it's yeast and not split ends. I need to stop talking.

Let me just say this, this simple Broccoli Pesto Braid is so festive for St. Patty's day, you're going to become uncontrollably braid happy and go on a massive braiding spree and probably end up sticking 27 shamrocks in your braided hair and life will be filled with such braided glee! I'm already so jealous of you.

Let's braid!

Gather your goods. We have Cascadian Farms organic frozen broccoli, Pillsbury Simply rustic French bread, some slivered almonds, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. And some olive oil, not pictured. (it was having a bad hair day)

Ingredients for Braided Bread Recipe

Thaw your broccoli in some warm water, for just a smidge. You'll drain it and then pat it out as dry as you can.

Thaw the Broccoli in Warm Water

Toss it into a food processor with the almonds, garlic, cheese, salt and pepper. Add that oil aaaaaand….

Pesto Ingredients in the Food Processor

Pesto! Or as my sister calls it, "paysto." I still haven't figured out how to handle this.

Pesto in the Food Processor

So check it, the loaf actually unfolds and you can roll it out into a square!

Pillsbury Simply Bread Unrolled

Dab the pesto down the center of it. You can use as much or as little as you prefer. I had leftover pesto, so I froze it for later use.

Spread Pesto on Pillsbury Simply Bread

Then you make leetle slits in the dough on either side of the paysto. OH NO she's got me doing it now.

Cut Strips in the Bread for Braiding

And then look, you go back and cut out every other little strip, like this. It looks like a cartoon character! Right? Something?

Remove Strips from Bread Braid

Then you overlap each little dough strip, like a braid!

Braiding Bread over Broccoli Pesto

And then whaaaaat is thaaaaaaat? I want to lick the top.

Baked Bread Braid with Broccoli Pesto

Here's the other side. It's like glamour shots! Oh I miss those too.

Broccoli Pesto Braid

Look at that pesto. It's so wonderful you don't even know.

Broccoli Pesto Bread Braid

I can't even get over it.

Broccoli Pesto Braided Bread

And then we have to slice into it of course.

Sliced Bread Braid

If I tell you that I ate over half of this braid while wearing Electric Youth perfume, blue mascara, shamrocks in my hair and Wilson Phillips in the background, will you hate me forever?

Slices of Broccoli Pesto Braid

I knew you'd come around!

…..hello?


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*Bev wants you to know that she understands if you can't find real shamrocks. The plastic ones work just fine. For more musings, visit her blog at Bev Cooks and her Tablespoon profile.

 

 

 
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Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
239.9
Daily Value
Total Fat
13.3g
20%
(
Saturated Fat
2.5g
12%
)
Cholesterol
3.2mg
1%
Sodium
293.2mg
12%
Potassium
296.9mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
23.2g
8%
(
Dietary Fiber
3.9g
15%
,
Sugars
3.3g
)
Protein
8.4g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
46.70%
47%
Calcium
13.60%
14%
Iron
8.60%
9%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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