roasted broccoli

August 12, 2011

Broccoli. How do you feel about it? Maybe not that excited. What about roasted broccoli – are you acquainted with it yet? I don’t expect it to excite anyone in the way that say, peanut butter cup bars might but I really love this stuff enough that here I am, blogging about broccoli.

Maybe, like me, you’ve eaten blanched and steamed broccoli for years and enjoyed it enough. What I didn’t know back then was that loving broccoli, craving broccoli was possible.

Take a whole head {two if you’re feeding more than a couple of mouths} and cut it into florets. Find some olive oil and douse your broccoli liberally with it, making sure every floret is shiny before you twist black pepper and sprinkle crunchy coarse sea salt.

That’s it. You can add slivers or chunks of garlic, herbs, or shavings of parmesan, but the nice part is you don’t have to use anything but oil, salt and pepper for this to taste amazing.

Pop it in the oven at 350F for 20-30 minutes (check on it to make sure you’re not charring the stuff) and it will come out roasted to perfection. Crispy edges and sweet, salty bites. I roast a batch whenever I can find an excuse. It’s so good to share, letting everyone dig into a bowl with forks, but honestly I enjoy it most when there’s an entire head of broccoli just for me to eat with salty fingers.

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Sam August 12, 2011 at 8:43 am

Roasted broccoli is my favorite dish ever! I even use a little soy sauce sometimes :) it’s delicious. It’s kind of stinky if you want to take it to work the next day, but when it’s crispy out of the oven there’s nothing like it!

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Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen August 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I could seriously eat roasted broccoli at every meal. It’s like a whole new experience roasted! I always make it with red pepper flakes and a ton of parmesan. :)

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snowrose August 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Okay, this makes my gotta try list. I’ve already converted DH to liking asparagus made in a similar manner (but at 400F for 20 min) and he’s now an asparagus lover, as long as it’s roasted. I’m hoping for great things from this broccoli!

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Angharad August 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I strongly believe that roasting vegetables is the best way to turn people onto them! Give it a try and let me know if you convert him!

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts August 15, 2011 at 12:12 am

I love brocolli in stir fries, but think I could be convert to this method too. I’d never have thought of it – thanks!

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Smiley January 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I am constantly slow roasting Kale for the little one similarly to this (1 ½ hrs at 275F). She already likes broccoli so I think she’ll love this version!

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