Roasted Broccoli with Lemon & Garlic ♥ Recipe

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon & Garlic
Until now, I just couldn't get roasting broccoli right. Turns out, it's as simple as can be, just roast the broccoli (careful knife work makes a difference but it's just the usual way of roasting fresh vegetables) but then, this is the trick, splash the broccoli with lemon juice. It makes all the difference. Low carb. Weight Watchers 1 or 2 points. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real".

There's a reason why a food blog about vegetables, yes, that's A Veggie Venture, has more than 1000 vegetable recipes but doesn't yet have one for something very basic, roasted broccoli. I've tried a half dozen times to like broccoli roasted in the oven, it just wasn't happening. I'd even reached the conclusion that while broccoli could be roasted, why waste a cruciferous bunch to the oven? I decided to give it one more try.

Turns out, the trick to roasting garlic is what happens after roasting, just a splash of lemon juice. I know, I know, call me the last person in the world to know this about broccoli and lemon. But. Now. I. Do. TOO.

TODAY'S SMILE People may love broccoli but sure can't spell it. Google searches often come in for 'brockley' and 'brockly'. Welcome, broccoli lovers! You've found the right place.

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"We look for excuses to include this in our menu every time we cook." ~ Ann


Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 30 minutes
Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Sprinkle of freshly ground pepper
1 pound fresh broccoli, end of rough stalk trimmed, cut into florets, florets cut into halves or quarters to create flat surfaces
4 cloves garlic, peeled
Juice of half a lemon

Preheat oven to 425F. For easy clean-up later, cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil. In a large bowl, stir together the oil, salt and pepper. Add the broccoli and with your hands, slather the broccoli in the oil and seasonings, this will take a little while, maybe a minute, but it's the single way to distribute a small amount of oil on something as uneven as broccoli. Distribute the broccoli evenly on the foil, flat surfaces down, and tuck in the garlic between. Roast for 20 - 25 minutes or until the desired level of doneness is achieved - I like the stalks to still have a little 'bite' and the very tender tips to be slightly crunchy. Remove from the oven and squeeze the lemon juice over top. Serve and savor, immediately.

The oil and seasonings will adhere to the broccoli better if it's completely dry.
Flat surfaces mean that oil and heat can make direct contact, this is a good thing for it means the broccoli will caramelize.
Try to cut the broccoli into like-sized pieces so they'll cook evenly.

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  1. YUM, this will have to be part of my lunch today.

  2. Alanna,I love your enthusiasm in the way you always make something as mundane and simple as roasted broccoli sound so amazing!

  3. Diane ~ Just add the splash of lemon!

    ToyLady ~ Ha! For me to finally figure out roasted broccoli, it is amazing! ;-) Thanks for the big smile.

  4. mmmmmmmm - can't wait to try this!

  5. What a simple way to make the flavor of broccoli shine through. "Brockley" - seriously? Now I feel better about occasionally adding an extra "l".

  6. Oh, yes, this is sooo good... I cooked something very similar from a recipe of Food & Wine web page (caramelized broccoli with garlic) for my broccoli haters and they loved it¡¡¡

  7. That looks so good! A little squeeze of lemon is perfect for springtime dishes ;)

  8. As an absolute broccoli lover, it's hard to believe I've never tried roasting it. This recipe is a must!

  9. Looks great! I steam broccoli almost every night but this would be a great alternative.

  10. Hi! I just discovered your blog and wanted to thank you for posting calorie information! I'm a calorie counter and it's so frustrating trying to find that info on recipes. So thanks! :)

  11. I just coat mine with a little olive oil and add a little Parmesan before roasting.

    I've never tried it with lemon before. Might have to give it a go.

  12. Yum! I might have to try some of this with my dinner tonight.

  13. This dish will change your family's perception of broccoli. We look for excuses to include this in our menu every time we cook. It is very easy to prepare, and it tastes great!

  14. Alanna, I have enjoyed your blog for a couple of years now, and tried this recipe today. I single-handedly consumed more than my share straight off the baking sheet, and it’s only 9:30 in the morning! I took Melissa’s suggestion to try some Parmesan on it (not too much), and it is divine! Thank you!

  15. Anonymous ~ You made me laugh, for sure! So glad you like, um, LOVE, the broccoli!


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