Do you have broccoli haters in your life? Want to “wow” them with a new treatment that actually makes them long for you to prepare broccoli? All you need to accomplish this great feat is: a blazing hot oven, smidgeon of salt, sugar and an even smaller smidgeon of pepper. Are you intrigued? I hope so. Broccoli is on the super food list; finding a great way to present it to your dubious eaters is a task worth pursuing. Don’t you agree?
One large bunch of broccoli
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
Oven prep: put rack at lowest position; place a large rimmed baking sheet on the rack; turn oven to 500 degrees. Yes, preheat to 500 degrees.
Cut broccoli stems off tops ( separate the tree tops from the trunks)
Peel the stems to remove tough outer sheaf.
Slice into 1/2 inch widths.
Place broccoli pieces into a large bowl. Mix oil with sugar and salt and a dash of pepper and drizzle over broccoli.
Toss with spatula to coat with oil.
Remove HOT pan from oven and quickly dump broccoli onto pan, spreading out the pieces. It will SIZZLE!
Return to oven and bake for 9 minutes, until broccoli is nicely browned.
Serve to your broccoli haters….they will be amazed at the sweet, mellow flavor of this much maligned vegetable.
This recipe is just one of the reasons I renewed my subscription to Cook’s Illustrated.
This recipe is linked to Fight Back Friday @ http://www.foodrenegade.com/fight-back-friday-april-20th/