When it was that I discovered the joy of roasted vegetables I do not recall. All I know is that it is the easiest and tastiest way to prepare veg. As a fan of cooking once and eating twice, this makes that plan work hard.
Recently, I found an idea somewhere on the net for roasting broccoli. We have broccoli often in the Club House because it is an excellent source of nutrition and a sort of “insurance policy” against dis-ease. Besides, the bright green color makes for a pretty plate. I might steam it or saute it with onion but that’s been the standard method UNTIL NOW.
Oh, my goodness! If you have ever eaten roasted broccoli, you may never like it fixed any other way again!
Preparing broccoli in this way is so easy even a child can do it! Here’s how:
Preheat the oven to 400* Ovens vary so be sure your veg does not get incinerated…watch over it very closely…
Cut the head of broccoli and trim the ends. **Save these pieces to make veg broth! Wash the florets and stem pieces and DRY THEM TO A FARE THEE WELL. You do not want any moisture on these babies.
Scatter them on a baking sheet that has been lightly oiled with vegetable oil. Drizzle a few tablespoons of vegetable oil over the broccoli to coat it and sprinkle some salt and pepper over the whole works.
Pop them into the hot oven and cook them until they are slightly caramelized. This might take about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how much broccoli is on your baking sheet. You can turn them carefully half way through the roasting process. They should smell divine and have that wonderful light brown glaze on them. That tells you they are almost ready for the table…
Put the whole business into a good sized bowl. Drizzle the juice of a lemon over the broccoli and zest that lemon, scattering the zest over it. Toss everything gently and add 1/3 of a cup or so of Parmesan cheese to top it off before taking it to the table. Just for fun, put just a PINCH of nutmeg over your dish…it might make people inquire, “What IS that deliciousness on my broccoli?” grin
BE PREPARED FOR RAVE REVIEWS. Even picky eaters might be delighted with this one!
Regarding the ‘cook once/eat twice’ thing…feggitabout it. You probably won’t have any leftovers this time around. grin/giggle
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