My New Favorite Way to Cook Broccoli!

Hi all,
I just had to take a minute to share my new favorite way to cook broccoli! Like Bubba Gump and his shrimp, I thought I'd prepared broccoli just about every way there is, but, strangely, I never thought to roast it in the oven. Who knew?! And I love it! Parts of it get sort of crunchy, other parts kind of carmelized. So yummy!

Naturally when I saw these babies at the Lawton Farmer's Market...
...I had to bring them home. Beautiful, organic, locally grown broccoli.

I got this recipe from Martha Stewart's March 2010 Everyday Food. Easy and delish, and you probably have everything on hand.

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Chile
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss together 1 head of broccoli (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into long florets, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 5 garlic cloves (skin on), and 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes. Season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Roast until broccoli is browned and tender, about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Toss with 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice. Serves 4.

Note: I used more than 1 head of broccoli with the same increments and it was still just right. And I have also made this with a bag of frozen broccoli and it was just as good. Also, I roasted extra garlic cloves at the same time to use for other things, like spreading on sandwiches, and, yeah, I admit it, just eating plain. (I know, now I have garlic breath.) And sometimes I don't add the lemon juice, and it's still just as great. It is pretty spicy, so if you have little ones, either go easy on the red pepper flakes, or leave them off altogether.
And no, that is not my plate! (Even though I ate most of it...)



Katie said…
Mmmm, sounds tasty. I have never roasted broccoli. Was it delicious? How was the farmer's market?
CL Field said…
So good I could have just eaten it by itself for dinner! The gardens were a little behind, but the warm weather should really turn on the growing season.
Anonymous said…
Yummy. Had it tonight with a sirloin and some grilled onions. Definitely a great way to get your greens. - Bro
CL Field said…
Sirloin, grilled onions, roasted broccoli...why didn't you invite me?!! Sounds too good!
Wendy said…
Isn't it funny how so many of us, including me fall into the steamed broccoli rut. Fresh organic broccoli has the sweetest smell. This recipe looks wonderful and as I have a broccoli hating, garlic loving 11 year old, this recipe might just lead to a great compromise. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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