Friday, February 26, 2010

Lemon-Garlic Roasted Broccoli

Ok, just putting it out there, broccoli is definitely my favorite vegetable, and I bet I can make you love it too. Calm down, I'm not talking about the limp boiled broccoli served at some restaurants to take up space. I'm talking about tender, garlicky broccoli; browned at the edges and simply irresistible.

I think I could live on this. No really, when I make roasted broccoli at home, I make 2-2.5 lbs for 3 people, and there are no leftovers.

And the recipe is easy, too!
(Adapted from the back of the frozen broccoli package) Lemon-Garlic Roasted Broccoli

  • 2 lbs fresh or frozen broccoli (cut into equal 1-2 in pieces if not using pre-cut frozen yummies)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ~1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 large garlic cloves, pressed through garlic press or minced
  • 1-2 tsp lemon zest
  • salt and pepper
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F, position 2 racks in middle-ish of oven
  2. Combine all ingredients except broccoli and let sit 2 minutes. (can be done ahead of time)
  3. Divide oil mixture between 2 cookie sheets. Make sure to get all the garlic onto the pans.
  4. Divide broccoli between 2 cookie sheets and "toss" them with oil mixture.
  5. Roast/bake for 20-25 minutes, switching the pans' positions halfway through, until the broccoli is browned at the edges and tender.
  6. Enjoy your healthy comfort food with grilled meat, baked fish, or cheesy pasta!

Note: I'm sure you can use this to roast many other veggies, such as cauliflower or green beans.


Catherine Granger said...

That's a good idea, we should try to add some cauliflower next time, it will add some color to the dish.

Agnes said...

Good idea, you will eat the broccolis and I will eat the cauliflower :)