Roasted Broccoli

Hi all-

 

Sorry about the hiatus.  I had the below post scheduled for Friday, but it didn’t seem right to post anything given all of the craziness going on.

 

Particularly coming from a mixed-race marriage/family, I wish I had something intelligent / insightful / constructive to say.  But all I feel is sadness and helplessness.  It feels like we are in a bad movie right now, and my fear is it’s only going to get worse.

 

The only thing I know I can do is to hug my kids and talk to them about race and everything that is going on. And to pray for all of the families and friends directly affected.

 

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Last month, while spending a weekend with dear friends, I was served (lucky me) the most scrumptious broccoli I have ever eaten in my life. I didn’t care that there was anything else being served, the broccoli was TO-DIE-FOR. It was a grilled broccoli recipe from Barefoot Contessa. Here it is.

 

A green forest

A green forest

Ingredients:

 

All this plus broccoli plus garlic plus olive oil and seasoning

All this plus broccoli plus garlic plus olive oil and seasoning

 

* 4-5 pounds of broccoli

* 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

* 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

* 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

* 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

* 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves

* olive oil

* salt

* pepper

 

Directions:

 

* You can either grill or roast the broccoli. Since I don’t know how to grill, I opted to roast. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

 

* Cut the broccoli florets from the thick stalks, leaving an inch or two of stalk attached to the florets.

 

I shaved / cut the outside of the stalk to make sure that the rough stuff was off.

I shaved / cut the outside of the stalk to make sure that the rough stuff was off.

The hardest part of the recipe was mincing the garlic.

The hardest part of the recipe was mincing the garlic.

Mix the olive oil with the broccoli.

Mix the olive oil with the broccoli in a bowl.

 

* Spread the broccoli florets on a sheet pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes, until some of the florets are browned.

 

Already to go in to the oven with the olive oil, salt and pepper.

Already to go in to the oven with the olive oil, salt and pepper.

 

* Remove the broccoli from the oven and immediately toss with the lemon zest, lemon juice, Parmesan, and basil. Serve hot.

 

Love the zest (both the word and the item).

Love the zest (both the word and the item).

Parmesan, lemon juice, and zest.

Parmesan, lemon juice, and zest.

All mixed together and ready to be eaten!

All mixed together and ready to be eaten!

 

I highly recommend making (and eating) this delicious dish. Have a great weekend!!!!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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2 Comments

  1. YUM! I love broccoli and usually saute it on the stove top. This looks amazing though, I’m going to try it tonight!!

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