Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe, here with a scrumptious Oven Roasted Broccoli Parmesan Recipe that will make you love your veggies!
Easy Oven Roasted Broccoli Parmesan
I. Love. Broccoli. I love it as a side. I love it in a casserole. In baked dishes. With cheese. By itself. I just love it. But I’ll admit, it gets old. Steamed broccoli, while yummy, is tricky. Too long and it’s soggy and disappointing.
Solution: Roast it!!
The final product is extra full of broccoli flavor, slightly crispy, MUCH more forgiving with timing and all around just right.
And one of my favorite parts, it only takes about 10 minutes! So I can prep the broccoli, make the rest of the meal, and then toss it in the oven at the last minute. E-Z!
How To Oven Roast Broccoli
Start with fresh broccoli. You CAN roast the frozen stuff, but it won’t come out nearly the same. The frozen broccoli already has a lot of water in there, which is what we’re avoiding entirely by roasting. Cut it into small pieces, or large pieces, really whatever you want. Personally, I enjoy bite sized pieces, so I cut them into fairly small pieces.
Toss them on a cookie sheet, and mix (with your hands, only way to go!) with 2 TBS olive oil and about a teaspoon of salt.
That’s ALL the prep. Then you can just stick them into roast during the last 10 minutes of your meal’s cooking time.
When you’re ready, pop it in a 450-degree preheated oven. Depending on how small you cut them, these guys cook fast in high heat. After about 5 minutes, you can go ahead and flip them or give them a stir around. When they’re fork tender after about 10 minutes, pull them out and give them a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
Then stick them under the broiler for 1-2 minutes. Watch CLOSELY while under the broiler. 30 seconds can make a big difference. Two minutes is usually good. Personally, I let the tops become just slightly browned for a nice crunch, and then I know they’re done. But just on either side is delish as well, so don’t stress it too much.
TIP: This is an EXCELLENT recipe to use if you’re putting the broccoli into a baked good or other recipe where too much water is a problem. Whenever I see a recipe that says “cook broccoli and then squeeze all the water out” I can’t help but giggle. I don’t know about you, but I can NEVER get all the water out. Cook the broccoli this way instead, and there won’t BE any water to squeeze out and it concentrates all the flavor and makes them taste sweeter!
Be sure to give this oven roasted broccoli parmesan recipe a try and I bet it becomes a staple in your house like it is in mine!
Roasted Broccoli Recipe
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