Alton Brown’s Oven Roasted Broccoli

by Hilary Gauntt on November 5, 2016

This is one of the easiest and best broccoli recipes out there, courtesy of Alton Brown. This Food Network star of Good Eats and Iron Chef currently has a live show touring the country called “Eat Your Science”, which mixes science, music and food in 2 hours of interactive entertainment. What a multi-talented and creative guy!

The broccoli gets crisp around the edges and the bread crumbs, cheese and garlic make it memorable. Even people who think they don’t like broccoli should give this a try. I have found my new go to recipe for this most healthy vegetable!

1 pound broccoli, rinsed and trimmed

2 Tbs. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped or sliced

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan or sharp cheddar

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut the broccoli florets into bite size pieces. Cut the stalk into 1/8 thick, round slices. Place the broccoli into a mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil, garlic, kosher salt and pepper and set aside.

Spread the panko into a 13 by 9-inch metal pan and place into the oven for 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove the panko from the oven and add to the bowl with the broccoli mixture. Toss to combine. Return the mixture to the pan, place in the oven and roast just until the broccoli is tender, 8 to 10 more minutes. Remove from the oven, toss in the cheese and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Note: I didn’t mess with the stems, and added a good squeeze of lemon juice to the mixture before baking.


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