While trying to eat better, I’ve found a method of cooking broccoli that is delicious. Cooking is something I enjoy quite a bit. These days I’ve been focusing on simple dishes to improve the basics of my cooking.
This broccoli is some of the best I’ve had in my life. Only method I have found that can compete is stir fry. But, I don’t always want to slice up a bunch of veggies and put sauce on it all.
- 1 head of broccoli per person
- 1.5 cloves of garlic per head of broccoli
- olive oil
- lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
- salt and pepper
Start by preheating your oven to 425F (220C). Slice the florets off the head of broccoli, leaving them on the larger side. Place into a large bowl, it needs to big enough to toss the broccoli in. Slice the garlic up and toss it into the bowl as well. Drizzle some olive oil on it, as well as some salt and pepper. Toss until lightly covered in oil.
Spread the broccoli out on a cookie sheet, don’t wash the bowl yet. I try to make sure they are all on their sides. Place in oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the broccoli flowers start to brown a little. This step may be extraneous, but I shake it up half way through.
Once the little flowers have started to brown, take the broccoli out and put it back in the same bowl you used earlier. This is so you get some fresh olive oil to go with the cooked stuff. Add the lemon juice, toss again, then serve.
The lemon juice at the end is what makes this dish. It makes the broccoli taste sunny, and the browned flowers add some texture and a unique flavor.