Crispy Broccoli with Garlic and Lemon Juice

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What is it about broccoli that most kids hate with a passion?  Could it be that most of us serve it boiled to death with little or no seasoning?  A few simple ingredients and a slightly different method of preparation goes a long way, as this recipe for Crispy Broccoli with Garlic and Lemon Juice proves.  As The Amateur Gourmet‘s partner Craig exclaimed, “If parents made this broccoli for their kids, kids wouldn’t hate broccoli. They’d beg for it.”  Touché, Craig.

Evidently, this recipe actually comes from the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten.  Cari and I have been fans of Garten for a while now, though admittedly we have avoided many of her recipes as they are loaded with cream, butter, and more butter.  This broccoli dish likely has more oil than is advisable… but it’s damn good, and surely that should count for something… right?

Here’s the recipe, which we cut in quantity but followed more or less the same way that The Amateur Gourmet did.  Its crispiness comes from roasting it in a fairly hot, dry environment.  All flavor comes from garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.  That’s pretty much it.  Delicious.

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3 Responses to “Crispy Broccoli with Garlic and Lemon Juice”

  1. Amy / Mom Says:

    Oh no! Am I guilty of “serviing it boiled to death with little or no seasoning?” Must be grandma, not me 🙂

    • Adam Miller Says:

      Actually, Mom, you may recall that as a child I was a lover of all vegetables, except for mushrooms (which I learned to love) and onions (which I still struggle with). I will admit that I always preferred grandma’s cauliflower with breadcrumbs over her broccoli though.

  2. blogergal Says:

    This recipe sounds delicious.
    I love broccoli, but they have now a vegetable called “broccomini” it’s a hybrid of broccoli and asparagus and looks like small broccoli branches, it tastes much better than the regular broccoli, it’s less bitter and more tender.
    My husband hated broccoli as well until he tasted it.
    I steam the broccoli (or broccomini) in a steaming basket, no need for oil, without over-killing it. Then I add a bit of soy sauce and roasted peanuts (oh, and just a drop of sesame oil). Tastes delicious.

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