Roasted Broccoli

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Roasted broccoli is my family’s absolute favorite veggie side.  All you need is 5 ingredients and 20 minutes. My favorite roasted broccoli recipe ever.

How they have a bad rap. How {most} kids despise them and feed them to the dog or hide them in their napkin instead of eating them. I’m no fool. My sister {or maybe it was just me} would put our bites of baked potato in our glass of milk while pretending to take a drink. Hey… I was a there, man.

What I think is happening or not happening, is that broccoli should be roasted. Always and forever. Unless you like them steamed or grilled or something, then by all means go for it. . But kids, kids should try them roasted first… and this recipe is going to {hopefully} win them over.

Ya see, when broccoli, oil and a wee bit of kosher salt are tossed together on an aluminum sheet pan and roasted in a 500 degree oven… magic happens. The oil crisps the green tops and the broccoli stems so that it’s not only caramelized but super crispy.

My nine-year-old won’t eat anything green. But these she did eat… after I bribed her, butttttttt she liked them… she really, really liked them!

Grab your knife and cut the stems off of a head of broccoli.

Trim the broccoli heads into florets, cutting the larger ones in half so they are all pretty uniform in size.

Like tiny trees.

Throw the broccoli onto the sheet pan with a heavy drizzle of oil. Because we’re roasting at such a high temp I use either extra light olive oil or safflower oil.

Roast the broccoli in a preheated 500 degree oven for about 12-15 minutes or until the broccoli is a golden dark brown… it should almost look burnt.

Roast the broccoli in a preheated 500 degree oven for about 12-15 minutes or until the broccoli is a golden dark brown… it should almost look burnt.

Season with black pepper and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

That’s it! I’m absolutely in love with this broccoli. It goes with just about anything but it could also be served as an appetizer with any kind of dip.

I definitely could eat these like they were salt and pepper potato chips. For real. Who knew broccoli could be so delicious and yet SO easy?

Enjoy!

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