Monday, December 12, 2011

Roasted Broccoli with Pecorino Romano

Roasted Broccoli with Pecorino Romano recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen





Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables to roast. So much more flavor is brought out when it is cooked this way. A few years ago, a friend brought us a meal and she included a whole tray of roasted broccoli. Wow. We had no idea that broccoli could really taste this delicious! Topped with just a bit of freshly grated cheese, this is one of our favorite year round side dishes.

Roasted Broccoli with Pecorino Romano
(printable recipe)

2 lbs of fresh broccoli, washed and cut into pieces
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, adjust to taste
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, sometimes I add it and sometimes I don't
Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Cheese, I've used both

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Wash the broccoli, shake it well or even dry with a towel. You want to remove as much water as possible from the broccoli. Cut it into pieces. I like to leave a portion of the stem attached, because I like it that way. If you do not, simply cut the broccoli into florets.

Place the broccoli into a large mixing bowl and drizzle with oil. Toss with your hands to coat thoroughly. Sprinkle the coasted broccoli generously with the spices. Toss again. Spread the broccoli across a large greased  baking sheet or a sheet lined with a silpat mat.

Roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or just until the broccoli turns bright green with some slightly browned tips. It should be crisp tender and not at all soggy. Remove from the oven and grate the cheese over the warm broccoli. Enjoy!

16 comments:

  1. Hubs loves broccoli. Need to try this and see what he thinks.

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  2. Its interesting that you say its one of the best vegetables to roast, I have never tried it. I need to

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  3. I love roasted veggies and this sounds delicious - a wonderful way of getting greens into kids!
    mary x

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  4. I usually enjoy my brocolli quickly stir fried with some garlic, but this looks so simple and delicious that I'll have to try it!

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  5. Have you tried it with frozen broccoli? I have fresh veggies for a week, then I'm back to frozen, because I just can't make myself go out between food deliveries to get fresh veggies. Lazy, I know, but it is what it is!

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  6. I LOVE roasted broccoli like this! Sometimes I even add a squeeze of lemon juice (because I love lemon). This has to be my fav way to eat broccoli :)

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  7. Broccoli and cheese are always very delicious together.

    Love Javelin warrior's idea of adding lemon into this dish...

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  8. I have never roasted broccoli, after seeing your reciipe it is somthing I must try.

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  9. We make asparagus and cauliflower the same way. It can be dangerous though... I actually consumed an entire head of cauliflower at one sitting because it was so delicious. I don't actually recommend doing that...

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  10. Roasted broccoli is the best. I love to roast it and throw it over pasta for a meatless meal.

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  11. I don't think I've ever roasted broccoli, I've always steamed or stir fried it. This makes me want to try roasting, I do it with so many other veggies.

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  12. Marje, I've never tried roasting frozen veggies. If you try it, let me know how it works, ok?

    ECL, I learned a similar lesson the first time I had roasted broccoli. Pure yumminess!

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  13. Yummy, I love broccoli !!

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