This greens with walnut butter recipe from James Mackenzie makes the perfect Christmas side - the walnut butter can be made in advance, and simply tossed with the blanched greens for a quick and easy dish.
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If you have time, make the butter 24-72 hours in advance. Soften the butter to room temperature, beat with a spoon to give a whipped effect and set aside
100g of butter
Roughly chop the walnuts then toast in a hot, dry pan until roasted and aromatic. Remove from the pan, allow to cool and stir through the butter
100g of walnut halves
Arrange the soft walnut butter on a large sheet of cling film in a long log shape. Wrap and roll into a sausage shape approximately 4cm in thickness, tie off the ends of the cling film and allow to set in the fridge until required
If making the butter on the day, roughly chop the walnuts and toast in a hot, dry pan until roasted and aromatic. Add the butter to warm through, then remove from the heat
Bring a 2 litre pan of water to the boil with a good pinch of salt. Add all of the prepped greens to the pan, cook for 4-5 minutes then strain and return to the pan with the toasted walnut butter. Toss until all of the greens are evenly coated in the butter and serve in warm dishes
200g of curly kale, washed and stalks removed
2 leeks, washed and cut into 2cm thick slices
200g of tenderstem broccoli, washed and ends trimmed
200g of Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
Alternatively, toss the hot greens in a little knob of the pre-prepared butter and serve with another slice of the butter
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