Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Roasted Romanesco

Roasted Romanesco recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Have you tried Romanesco yet? It is a variant of cauliflower and broccoli both, the color is a vivid electric green and there are bizarre spikes all over the plant.  I was so excited to receive this in my Chow Share CSA basket this week. More flavorful than cauliflower, with a lighter flavor than broccoli, I tried eating a bit of it raw and really liked it. I knew it would be even better roasted; and it was perfect that way. Sometimes the simplest cooking methods really are the best.

If you are not fortunate enough to get your hands on romanesco, this roasting method also works beautifully with broccoli and cauliflower. I did not have a large head of romanesco, so I roasted some broccoli along with it.

Roasted Romanesco
(printable recipe)

1 head romanesco, washed, dried and broken down into small florets
olive oil
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet with olive oil and set aside. Place the romanesco in a large mixing bowl and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Toss gently with your hands to coat thoroughly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss again. Spread the romanesco across the baking sheet and sprinkle additional salt and pepper if desired. Roast for about 20 minutes, or until the tips of the vegetables start to turn brown. When the vegetables are tender crisp, they are ready to eat. Enjoy!

Roasted Romanesco recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


12 comments:

  1. I've seen this weird vegetable, but have not cooked with it. Is it the same as brocoflower?
    I roasted both broccoli and cauliflower before and love the crunchy, salty taste (even though mu oldest daughter still craves the soggy cooked broccoli drowned in cheese sauce, grrrrr:)

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    1. It is often referred to as brocoflower, but technically, it is a different vegetable. They are ALL delicious roasted though! Good luck with your daughter. I have a son that will happily eat anything at all, as long as he can top it with salsa or sriracha. Oh well, at least they are eating their vegetables!

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  2. You get the most unique veggies in your CSA basket. I wonder if there is just more variety in your neck of the woods. This looks so interesting - I will have to look for some at Fresh Market or Whole Foods next time I am there!

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  3. I was just surprised to see different colored cauliflowers( pink yellow and green) in a blog and now this... It's interesting to see new veggies come in the market.

    I too love my cauliflower roasted...:)

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  4. I have never heard of romanesco before. I have to try roasting some vegetables, I haven't done that yet.

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  5. I have some of these started in the green house.

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  6. I hope to find this veggie soon!

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  7. What location do you pick up your chow locally basket? On their website, I only see east valley locations and I live in the west valley.

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  8. I have to confess I got some of this a few months ago and photographed it for the blog, but left it out on the counter and it wilted beyond hope. I later read that it doesn't keep very long. I'll keep my eyes out for more.

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  9. Every time that i see romanesco, I can't help but be reminded of the mine drilling vehicles from the movie Total Recall (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kujd9IbAbIo), it looks just like the pointy cones of romanesco.

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    1. You have made me laugh twice now this morning, Chris. You're right. It does look like the drill!

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