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Favorite Recipes: Best Broccoli of Your Life

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Name: salsadancer
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Best Broccoli of Your Life

Dish: Side-dishes
Dish Type: Vegetables
Cooking Method: Roasted
Diet: Healthy
Difficulty: 1 / 10
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 20

Best Broccoli of Your Life Ingredients: 4 5 pounds fresh broccoli (or two large bunches) 3 4 cloves garlic, chopped kosher salt freshly ground black pepper olive oil fresh basil leaves (optional) Directions: Preheat the oven to 425. Take 4 to 5 pounds of broccoli, cut into florets, but relatively big ones. It is not necessary to wash them, but if you do, dry them THOROUGHLY that is key. There is an episode of Julia Child cooking with Jacques Pepin when Pepin revealed he doesn't wash a chicken before putting it in a hot oven: "The heat kills all the germs," he said in his French accent. "If bacteria could survive that oven, it deserves to kill me." By that logic, then, I don't wash my broccoli; I want it to get crispy and brown. Now, put the broccoli on a cookie sheet. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper (5 Tbs olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper, but you can just eyeball). Now add about 1.5 to 2 Tablespoons minced garlic or 4 cloves that are peeled and sliced and toss them in. Roast in the oven 20 to 25 minutes, until crispy-tender and the tips of some of the florets are browned. I shake the pan around a bit, but not sure that's necessary. When it's done, take it out of the oven--and here's where it gets really good--zest a lemon over the broccoli, squeeze the lemon juice over the broccoli, add 1.5 Tbs more olive oil, 3 Tbs toasted pine nuts or almonds, and 1/3 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Optional: add 2 Tbs. julienned fresh basil. You can't miss: the magic combo of the crispy broccoli, the garlic, the lemon and the cheese will make this the best broccoli of your life. I guarantee it; you will go ga-ga. Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 20 - 25 min Level: Easy Serves: 4 servings


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Lorraine J. K. (swindy48)
4/5/2015 1:46 PM ET
You make this sound so good that a person can't help but try it. You made me so hungry. Bet this would be good with other veggies in there too. Have you tried that? I love the part where I will go ga-ga-. I'll let you know when I go. thanks for the recipe. Sounds really good.
Jane F. (booksorbust)
3/4/2015 1:47 PM ET
This sounds like a very good recipe! Maybe I will try it sometime! Jane
Ramsey C.
3/9/2014 12:11 PM ET
--I'm vegan, substituted nutritional yeast for the parmesean cheese and it was delicious. I eat a LOT of broccoli and greens--thank you for a simple, new way to serve one of my favorite vegetables (can't wait to try it out at a potluck)!
Sandra Phillips (rolfeswife) - ,
7/14/2013 9:28 AM ET
OMGoodness! This does sound so good! Thanks for posting it, cant wait to make it :) Have a happy day today!
3/21/2013 10:57 AM ET
I will surely try this.........sound wonderful!
Janice B. (janiceb)
12/7/2012 6:38 PM ET
Isn't this from the Amateur Gourmet? An dyes it IS the best broccoli of your life
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