Saturday, February 21, 2009

Roasted Broccoli With Garlic and Cheese

About 4 pounds of fresh broccoli, cut into large pieces, don't wash, it's important for it to be dry, The high heat will kill any germs if you are germ-a-phobic, then wash it, but dry it very well.
Olive oil, good for you yumminess!!
Garlic and a lemon.
Shredded Parmesan cheese or a blend like I used, black pepper and salt.
About 4 pounds of fresh broccoli, cut into large pieces, after placing them on a baking sheet, add 5 Tablespoons of olive oil, about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoons of black pepper. Then move on to the sliced garlic.
Peel about 4 cloves of garlic and then slice into the broccoli, here is our mess we left behind, I say we cause Pete did anger management exercise by smacking each clove to remove the peel with my meat mallet.
Last step is to before the oven is to peel and slice about 4 cloves of garlic over the top, then lightly toss with your hand to gently coat the broccoli with the above ingredients. Pop into a pre-heated 425 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes or until broccoli has some roasted brown areas on the florets.
Out of the oven hot, the broccoli has roasted to firm and slightly brown texture. Lightly zest part of a lemon over the vegetable, then squeeze 1/2 lemon over the top, making sure to not leave any seeds behind.
Add about 1/3 cup or a tad more of the shredded Parmesan cheese and toss lightly to cover all ingredients before serving.
Broccoli with garlic and cheese, this is truly an amazing dish. If you are not sure about this green tree shaped veggie, mostly because of the texture or the mushiness when it is cooked too much, try it this way for a change. Roasted in a high heat oven with olive oil and garlic then tossed with Parmesan cheese, lemon and more oil, it makes for a meaty textured taste. While I won't categorize this food as a low-fat choice, health-wise it ain't too shabby. The broccoli loaded with vitamins C and D, olive oil for heart health, and garlic which is known to decrease blood pressure and ward off vampires. Maybe give this a try as a new side dish choice, if you don't like it I will come over and eat it. Love to you all.

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