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Mar 30, 2009 09:25 AM

Help me like broccoli

I love vegetables, but I have to admit, when it comes to broccoli, I'm just as wary as I was as a kid. I tolerate broccoli in pasta, but I haven't found any recipes that get me excited. How do you cook broccoli? If you have a healthy and delicious recipe, please share!

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  1. I steam and then sprinkle a bit o sea salt. That's it.

    But then I love broccoli ...

      1. Roast Broccoli is my new favorite - initially I was afraid of the strong flavor of cumin overpowering everything but the spices add a really subtle dimension to the vegetables. same with the chili powder - this isn't a spicy dish at all.

        2 lbs broccoli cut into 2" pieces
        2 T olive oil
        1 tsp coriander
        1 tsp cumin
        1 tsp kosher salt
        1 t black pepper
        1/8 tsp chili powder

        preheat oven to 425
        toss broccoli with oil and spices
        spread broccoli on a single layer on baking sheet
        roast 20 mins, toss and roast another 10 mins

        the broccoli should be brown and crispy on the tips, so don't worry if it looks like you 'burnt' them - this adds great nutty flavor and crunch to the soft florettes.

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        1. re: kasiav

          Ah! This is the roast broccoli and shrimp recipe from The NY Times, isn't it? Minus the shrimp. Great, easy recipe.

        2. I'm with you, but Broccoli roasted is a revelation. Try this, you'll love it!!

          1 Pound Broccoli, rinsed and left wet
          2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, more as necessary
          2 Cloves Garlic, minced
          Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
          1/3 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
          ¼ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

          Cut the Broccoli Florets into bite size pieces. Cut the stalks into 1/8” thick rounds. Place all in a mixing bowl, add the Oil and Salt and Pepper. Toss to cover. Add the Panko and toss to combine. Place all in a 9”x13” baking dish and bake in a preheated 425 degree F oven until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese, toss and serve immediately.

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          1. re: skeip

            How funny--you and Gio posted very similar recipes at the same time! :) What a great idea--will try yours because I LOVE garlic, panko and grated cheese (we usually use Romano, but no matter). Thank you both for a new way to do broccoli.

            1. re: kattyeyes

              Well you know... great minds and all that..... Actually anything tastes better roasted with EVOO, S&P, cheese, and Red Pepper Flakes! And that's the truth.

            2. re: skeip

              I use Italian bread crumbs mostly but great way to start to like it.

            3. Roast it. Pre heat oven to 400F. After rinsing, slice off the florets and the bottom of the stem. Peel the stem and slice into bite size pieces. Put all on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea or Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set the oven rack in the middle of the oven and place the baking sheet on the rack. Roast for about 15 minutes or until the broccoli begins to brown around the edges. Shake the pan once or twice during the roasting. Somepeople like to sprinkle with freshly grated cheese but I don"t. I think you'll be surprised to find that the broccoli has a nice sweet-ish flavor....

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              1. re: Gio

                yep, me too. Roasted with olive oil, salt, red pepper flake. So good.