Would you believe my almost 2-year old daughter likes broccoli? But only if it’s roasted in the oven. She used to eat only the stalks, but she surprised us tonight by eating the florets as well. Yes, the stalk of the broccoli is edible. I used to throw those out, until I read somewhere that they can be eaten. Just trim off the outer part and slice the inside and cook as usual.
I started roasting broccoli a few years ago after finding a recipe on The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2009 cookbook. They have you toss the broccoli with olive oil, salt, sugar and pepper before baking at 500°F/260°C for 9-11 minutes. My oven didn’t go that high and I found that 400°F/200°C did the work just fine. I was making it that way until I did a Whole 30 and had to cut sugar out from my diet for 30 days. I then found out that without sugar it tasted just as good.
So, here’s what you do. Preheat the oven to 400°/200°C. Line a baking pan with wax paper or a silicon mat (if you roast a lot of vegetables or bake a lot, like me, go out and buy one or two! They are awesome!)
Grab one broccoli, about 500 grams is fine for 2 adults and one kid. Cut off the florets and halve if too big. Trim the thick edges of the stalk and slice into thick coins.
In a medium-sized bowl, pour in a tablespoon of olive oil, 2 generous pinches of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Put in the broccoli and toss with a spoon until all the pieces are coated with olive oil. Spread evenly in one layer on the baking pan.
Bake in the preheated oven on the upper rack for 12 -15 minutes. At 12 minutes they are just cooked, at 15 they become crunchy and even more yummy .
These were baked for only 12 minutes as I needed them on the dinner table asap. We had it as a side dish to grilled sausages.
Oh, and is it just me who remembers the Power Puff Girl every time I see broccoli? That episode where they defeated the broccoli army by eating them! Found this image online:
Bubbles will always be my favorite Power Puff girl.