May 11, 2009

Roasted Broccoli

Roasting vegetables has become a favorite way to prepare them for me in the last couple of months. Thankfully, we are still experiencing some cooler weather so I don't mind heating up the oven to continue enjoying our vegetables in this way. It's really such a simple way to prepare them and they taste so wonderfully sweet!


This time, I decided to roast broccoli to take to our friends' house for dinner last weekend. I prepared it in a similar way to the way I make my roasted cauliflower. I cut it into pieces and drizzed extra virgin olive oil over it. Then sprinkled some Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper over the top and added about 3 cloves of garlic that I had sliced into thin pieces. Then, I roasted it in the oven at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes. I then, gave it a good stir and sprinkled a handful of Panko bread crumbs over it and about 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano over the top. I let it roast for another 15 minutes and it was nicely done.

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I really like the extra crunch the Panko bread crumbs add to this dish. The slivers of garlic were a nice addition that I will have to include next time I roast cauliflower. The adults all enjoyed this dish, but My Boys were not too excited by it.


I had every intention of sharing my latest attempt at homemade pasta with you tonight, however with a t-ball game and a few homework questions after school it just didn't happen. I plan to take another shot at it tomorrow night, and that will be my contribution to this week's Presto Pasta Nights round-up that I'm hosting!

Want to join in with the fantastic contributions I've already received?

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1. Prepare a dish with some type of noodle in it, blog about it and take a picture if you can.
2. Include the logo in your post, if you can.
3. Link back to Family, Friends and Food and Presto Pasta Nights in your post.
4. Email a link to your post and attach a .jpg file of your photo to me at patsy_k (at) verizon (dot) net and copy Ruth at ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com

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12 comments:

Michele said...

Great idea! Next time I will definitely add some breadcrumbs! I love a little crunch!

Deborah said...

I've never roasted broccoli before - this sounds great!

Kerstin said...

I love broccoli and will eat it in any form, but I may be able to entice my hubby to eat more if I made your version with garlic and parm cheese! Thanks for sharing :)

Chef E said...

Nice, I like the idea of Panko bread crumbs too! I will have to try this, since we get bored with regular steamed broccoli...

Megan said...

If it's anywhere as good as roasted cauliflour, I know it's a winner! I like the addition of garlic and panko. I'll give this a try on one of cooler days! :)

Kristin said...

yum, sound delicious, and easy too! very important during ball season!

EmmyJMommy said...

I've never used Panko on roasted veggies, but will try it! I LOVE Panko!!!! I use them in place of other bread crumbs at all times...I think I need to buy stock in a brand and become brand-loyal!!! :-)

Joelen said...

Looks wonderful and I especially like the crispy bits!

Cate O'Malley said...

Love roasted broccoli, and the addition of the Panko sounds like a tasty twist - yum!

ChefDruck said...

My kids would LOVE this. I am definitely trying it later this week. Will let you know how it goes.

Lisa said...

I have never tried roasting broccoli. Sounds like a great idea. Just did a presto pasta post and will email you the info.

Girl Japan said...

This is a fabulous idea, esp when we have so much I don't always "just" want to steam it... fab post P!

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