I have an entirely unhealthy relationship with broccoli. I know it's just a vegetable, but I have an adoration for it that most people reserve for their favorite sports team or their actual progeny.
It wasn't always this way. As a child, I thought, "broccoli, yuck!" and as a young adult I thought, "broccoli, yuck! (but shh, I need to act sophisticated and stomach a few bites)." Then, while living in Seattle, I happened upon a wine bar called Black Bottle. Black Bottle serves a dish called "Broccoli Blasted" and one night, over (too much) (amazing) wine, a friend suggested we try it. Not wanting to seem the insophisticate (see earlier acting), I enthusiastically agreed, expecting to be thoroughly unimpressed.
But then the dish arrived and I kid you not, it blew my mind. The broccoli was crispy and hot with sweetly charred ends that melted in your mouth. No bitterness, just warm caramelization. Ultimate perfection. The dish was so good that I proceeded to make it for my then 3 year old son the very next night. He happily gobbled it up and I credit this dish for setting him on his lifelong love of vegetables.
The most amazing part of this dish is just how stupidly simple it is to make. Over the years, I've made it so often - for everything from quick weeknight dinners to holidays to dinner parties. It's always a hit, even with people who "otherwise don't like broccoli."
- 2 large broccoli crowns
- Pinch of Diamond Crystal kosher salt )
- 1 tbsp OmegaOil cooking oil
- 1 tbsp minced garlic (optional)
- Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Being picky about the ingredients: Diamond Crystal has smaller crystals than most other kosher salt so you get more "flavor" for the "saltiness." OmegaOil Cooking Oil adds rich, buttery notes with a slightly sweet nuttiness that complements this savory dish amazingly.
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Rinse and pat broccoli dry. Chop into florets and place in large bowl. (Note: the smaller your florets, the more charred flavor you get.)
3. Add OmegaOil, salt, lemon zest (optional), and garlic (optional) to bowl and toss to coat.
4. Lay broccoli in single layer on baking sheet and place in oven.
5. Cook for 10 minutes, or until edge of florets turns a deep, dark brown.
6. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes (optional), serve, and enjoy!
Total time: 20 min
Serves: 2-4 as side dish