Sunday, August 15, 2010

Oven Grilled Broccoli - Vegan/Pescetarian

When I was a little kid, I thought broccoli was a little tree and that it was scary to eat an entire little tree. Needless to say, I was never a big fan of broccoli until I learned how to cook it this way...


What goes in your body (vegan):
  • Broccoli (1 head per person)
  • Garlic (1-3 cloves per person, depending on how much you love garlic)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (about 1 tbsp per person)
  • Salt to season
You are going to:
  1. Cut up broccoli vertically to a size you can bite off with your mouth but is not too small. Try cutting them into similar sizes to be evenly cooked. I cut off part of the stem if it's too long because the bottom part has a hard-to-chew texture. 
  2. Place broccoli in a cookie sheet or baking pan big enough so that the broccoli pieces don't have to sit on top of each other. 
  3. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle chopped garlic / salt and give a good toss with your hands. 
  4. Bake in an oven for 10-20 minutes. Check and toss them around every 5 minutes or so. (Baking time depends on oven temperature and your preference. I like mine slightly browned but still crunchy.)

Secrets from the chef:
  • This makes a great side dish for many meat or fish recipes. Especially when you are cooking your main dish in the oven, you can just stick them in your oven at the same temperature.
  • I served mine with baked salmon seasoned with 'Jamaica Me Crazy' seasoning, lime juice and grated lime peel. Also with some left over homemade Basic Salsa.  
Bon appétit!

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