21 March, 2009

why didn't my mom do this??

I made roasted broccoli for our vegetable dish at dinner last night. I have never made or eaten roasted broccoli before. Why didn't I know how incredible it is?!?! I wish I had taken a picture. It was really pretty. It got greener in the oven, and some of the edges were all brown and crispy. Mmmm. Seriously, this stuff is so good I could snack on it. Weird! If my mom had made broccoli this way when I was a kid, I would have eaten a whole lot more of it. My future babies will be served lots and lots of roasted broccoli.

In case you're interested, this is how you make it. Super easy:

2 small bundles of broccoli
2 (approx.) tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
lemon pepper
sea salt
freshly ground peppercorns

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Clean broccoli. Cut into bite size pieces. Put in a mixing bowl. Add olive oil, and toss with hands. Add lemon pepper, salt, and pepper (as much or as little as you'd like), and toss with hands again. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Put in the oven for 17-20 minutes, until edges start to brown up and crisp.

Simple. Easy. Delicious.


  1. i could have written a post with the same title about roasted brussel sprouts. my childhood was defined by bad experiences with vegetables... but turns out it didn't have to be.

  2. i'm pretty sure steaming was very "in" when we were growing up. my boyfriend and i discussed this over roasted broccoli. both our moms steamed everything. it just doesn't taste as good! there's something so delicious about roasting. i think i'm gonna need to have at least two ovens in my house when i actually have a family. :)


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