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Simple Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

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This is one of the best ways I’ve ever eaten broccoli: it has a deep caramelized flavor achieved by adding a little sugar. Make it! With a 10-minute cook time, it’s quick and easy.

Ingredients

  • 2 whole Large Broccoli Crowns
  • 4 cloves Garlic (optional)
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoons Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Black Pepper, Freshly Ground

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees, with a large metal baking sheet inside. Prepare the rack so that the sheet is closer to the element than not. Heating the baking sheet fully is 100% essential in getting the best flavor out of the broccoli.

2. Cut the broccoli into segments. You want them to be on the large side, about the length of the palm of your hand. Don’t be tempted to cut them into cute, small pieces, because then they won’t roast properly—instead, they’ll steam and become floppy. Also, cut them so that there is a flat side on most pieces–just slice right through that broccoli crown (instead of separating off individual florets). You want flat sides for the caramelization to happen.

3. Mince the garlic, then mix the broccoli, garlic, oil, sugar, salt, and pepper together in a bowl with your hands. Make sure all the broccoli pieces are coated as evenly as possible.

4. When the oven is fully preheated, take out the hot sheet pan. Working quickly, arrange the broccoli on the pan. You’ll hear a delightful sizzle as the broccoli hits the metal surface. Make sure there is some space between the pieces, and always lay each piece with its flat side down.

5. Roast for 10-12 minutes. Remove and serve! You could easily sprinkle some lemon juice over it, or some parmesan, but it’s wonderful just as it is.

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angeld on 5.20.2011

Saw this on “America’s Test Kitchen” just the other day and thought it looked delish!

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klward on 4.22.2011

I must be the only person this didn’t work for. I followed the directions exactly (giant broccoli pieces, cooked for 10 mins) and ending up with little trees burnt to a crisp. Maybe it would have worked better if I had left them in for 6 mins or so.

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cindezio on 11.24.2010

I’ve never had broccoli this way before, but I just tried it tonight and BOY is it delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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stellap on 10.20.2010

I will definitely try this. Every vegetable I have roasted has been wonderful.

Asparagus, finished with lemon. Yum

Beets. Yum

Brussel sprouts (doing tonight). The best way to prepare brussel sprouts.

Mixed root vegs. Terrific.

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Kathleen on 12.10.2014

This is simple and simply delicious! I’ve made it twice now and it came out perfectly both times. It’s ridiculous how easy it is. Now I’m going to go on to some other vegetables and try them this way too!

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Michele Riffle on 1.30.2012

So good. My husband loves it. Friends said “I would eat broccoli all the time if it tasted like this!”

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Lynsey on 1.20.2012

My husband and I each ate half the pan. Then made it again the next day, after an emergency trip to the store for broccoli. It was THAT GOOD.

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ilovetocook! on 10.26.2011

Just ok. Didn’t really czrmalize for me

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chargersgirl on 9.28.2011

I just made this and it was super easy and delicious!!! My husband and I both loved. I will definitely be making this over and over again!

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