Let’s talk about broccoli, shall we?
My favorite way to cook it — and the word “favorite” doesn’t do enough justice to this addictive broccoli recipe — came about mostly by accident, also known in my kitchen as “I’m so distracted by Candy Crush I forgot about the broccoli in the oven...”
But to my own surprise they came out halfway charred and very crisp and looked much better than I though. So I took ‘em one step further and I sprinkled them with Parmesan cheese and lemon zest.
One word: uh-mazing.
What started as an accident became an intentional practice, and now it’s my favorite way to make broccoli.
Not only mine, as it’s pretty much the surest guarantee that Nephew and Niece will polish off an entire head of broccoli with dinner.
Look, I don’t mean to oversell this to you, but this Parmesan Lemon Crispy Broccoli is like 100% addictive, savory, and crunchy.
Every time I make this side dish I end up eating all of it before dinner is even ready. I can’t restrain myself from keeping my hands off.
If you’re kids are picky eaters or your friends are skeptics about broccoli, you have to try this method. It will turn any broccoli hater into a broccoli lover.
Parmesan Lemon Crispy Broccoli Print this recipe!
Serves 4 as a side
2 large head of broccoli, cut into bite-size florets
1 teaspoon fine grain salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon sweet paprika
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 garlic cloves, skin on smashed with the side of a knife
1 lemon, sliced into wedges
Juice of 1 lemon
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C) and place a rack in the middle.
Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.
In a large bowl combine broccoli florets, salt, pepper, paprika, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Toss to combine.
Spread broccoli on the baking sheet in one layer. Arrange smashed garlic cloves and lemon wedges on the baking sheet.
Roast for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven, drizzle with lemon juice, sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese, and bake for 3 more minutes.
Remove from the oven, adjust seasoning if needed, and serve!
One serving yields 173 calories, 13 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbs, and 7 grams of protein.