Oven Roasted Broccoli

I’ve never eaten broccoli very much..especially it not being an Indian vegetable, and me not being very familiar with it. In fact, the first time I saw this vegetable was after coming to the US. I heard that it was very healthy and wanted to use it in my cooking. All I managed to do was to add it to pasta. Any other attempts at using it in Indian subzis or curries ended up not pleasing my palate.

At an attempt to eating healthy, and feeding LO good veggies, I bought broccoli. There it was sitting in the crisper, waiting to be used in a way other than the usual. I realized yesterday that I had to use it up, or it would soon end up in the garbage. As I was thinking about it, I stumbled upon the idea of roasting broccoli in the oven on food network.  It kept haunting me. I googled it and ended up looking at the great pictures on Honey and Jam’s blog. That was the deciding factor, and I was going to give it a try as a side dish for lunch. It was so good that it ended up being my main dish. Yep, thats all I ate for lunch. I did make some additions to the original recipe.

Ingredients:

2 heads broccoli

1 tbsp of parmesan – to be shaved over

1 tbsp of sun dried tomatoes, chopped

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tsp of red pepper flakes

salt to taste

Method:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Peel the base stalk of the broccoli and cut it into slender florets. Where I could’nt do this, I just sliced the stalk into thick rounds. Toss the florets and stalk with the garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt and red pepper flakes. Lay it on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 20 mins. Remove from oven. Toss with sun-dried tomatoes and shave the tbsp of parmesan on top. I used a microplane for the snow-flake effect.

Verdict: The broccoli was crispy and roasted, and tasted totally divine. Since I tossed the garlic with the broccoli in the beginning, it turned crispy too. Some might not like the crispy garlic flavor, but I just loved it. I never thought I would use the words broccoli and bliss in the same sentence, but here goes: This is my broccoli bliss!

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2 Comments

  1. sujana

    I have been looking for a good broccoli receipe ,your pictures and description looks promising. .Will try and let you know how it turned out.,could you pls tell me where do I get Sun dried Tomoto? I live in US too

    • Denny

      I get sundried tomatoes packed in oil from Costco, and if you want those not packed in oil, try Kroger stores, Safeway etc.

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