Rethinking your vegetables: broccoli
|February 23, 2009||Posted by admin under Cooking, Produce, Recipes|
You may remember me talking about my goal of re-discovering foods that I despised as a child a few weeks ago. Well now I can check broccoli off my list (with hearts and smiley faces all around it). I have found a way to eat broccoli and actually come back for seconds! This was one that I didn’t think I could ever get over, but when I saw the recipe for Best Broccoli of Your Life on one of my new favorite blogs, The Amateur Gourmet, I had to try it.
The recipe used on The Amateur Gourmet was adapted from a recipe by one of my favorite chefs, Ina Garten (or The Barefoot Contessa from Food Network). It’s from her cookbook, “Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients.” I love her because not only is she a fantastic cook, but she’s a great baker as well. Anyway, back to the broccoli:
This is sooo easy (if I can do it, anyone can). You can see the original recipe on The Amateur Gourmet – here’s how I did mine (note – this is only enough for about 2 people but can easily be doubled):
Best Broccoli of Your Life
-1 large bunch of broccoli, cut into florets and dried throughly (Note: FL broccoli is in season!!)
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-2 tbs olive oil
-Salt and pepper to taste
-1 tbs fresh lemon juice and a little zest
-Freshly grated parmesan cheese
*Note: It’s very important that your broccoli be dry!
Toss the broccoli, garlic, oil, salt and pepper together and spread onto a baking sheet. Pop into a 425 degree oven and roasted 20-25 minutes until the broccoli is crisp-tender and some of the tips are browned. When it’s done cooking, zest a little bit of the lemon over the broccoli and add the juice. All that’s left is to add your parmesan and eat!
It’s delicious and offers a heck of a lot more flavor than steaming. Once again, I am so happy that I am “rethinking my vegetables” because now I have a new fave veggie dish!