Oh my god. ROASTED BROCCOLI! Holy hell, is it GOOD. I love broccoli, but the regular steamed, or alternately the typical cheezy bake/soup/sauce has gotten a bit mundane. I also love the stuff raw, but it’s one of the tougher raw veggies for me to digest unfortunately, so I keep my raw broccoli consumption to a minimum. I’ve found that roasting broccoli keeps it crunchy and subverts the sogginess that often happens when steamed.
A little golden, a little crispy, filled with a tasty, slightly different broccoli flavor this is a side dish I’m loving these days. This recipe is also so simple it’s amazing how easy it is to incorporate this green food into just about every meal, or as a crunchy, savory snack to enjoy at any time through out the day.
2 cups of raw broccoli
1 tablespoon olive oil
hefty sprinkling of salt and pepper
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
Toss broccoli in oil, salt, pepper, and nooch in a large bowl. Spread florets out on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 10-15 minutes, until the florets are golden. Once I begin to smell the broccoli toasting up, I usually take a spatula and try to flip the florets so they can crisp up evenly.
This is hands down my favorite new way to eat broccoli. I’ve seen all sorts of recipes online for roasted cauliflower, but broccoli seems to stay fairly standardized in its preparation and consumption. Roasting the florets pulls out their flavor and the crispy texture the oven gives them is something that’s simply amazing. I’m imagining these served up with some sort of vegan ranch sauce. One of my favorite restaurants has fried broccoli which has a very similar texture and flavor, which must be the subconscious inspiration behind this recipe. One of these days I’ll perfect a vegan ranch and won’t have to just go out to eat to get that flavor. And then my baked broccoli consumption will be complete.
Enjoy the holidays, everyone! This dish would be a great little snack/appetizer for family and friends to enjoy. I’m headed up to NC TODAY for a whole week! Packing up Fini and driving 9 hours north to my parents’ new farm to hopefully relax. Getting tattooed (I’m in dire need of a touch up!) and visiting friends in Carrboro on Sunday, and hopefully just enjoying the season for the rest of the week. Cooking a lot. Laughing a lot. Chasing my demon child cat around the basement and guest room he’ll be roaming for the next few days. Hopefully doing my yearly review/blog updates. Can’t wait. Until then, be safe!