It's no secret that my family doesn't like to eat their vegetables; I know that I have shared that on this blog more than once. So I guess that is why you haven't seen a lot of veggie recipes around here, well I am hoping to change that. I am on a quest to eat healthier and have more vegetables on the table for meals.
So when I see vegetable recipes that catch my eye I have been cooking them and some they like and some they are not too fond of. When I found this recipe for caramelized broccoli I knew that this was one that would be going on the dinner table. Caramelized anything always taste wonderful.
I made this broccoli last week; it was so simple to make and smelled so good as it cooked. After my guys had tried it I couldn't wait to see what their response would be. They both said this "it taste better than plain broccoli". Well I guess that meant that they kind of liked it, right? As for me the person that actually likes and eats vegetables, I loved the flavor of this broccoli, the caramelizing brings out the flavor of the broccoli and I agree with my guys it is so much better than plain broccoli. And I know that I will be bringing this one back to the dinner table again.
Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic (Source: foodandwine.com)
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 heads of broccoli about 1 1/4 pounds stems peeled and heads halved lengthwise (I used 4 small heads)
1/2 cup water
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In a large deep skillet heat 2 tablespoon olive oil add the broccoli, cut side down, cover and cook over moderate heat until richly browned on the bottom about 8 minutes. Add the water cover and cook until broccoli is just tender and the water has evaporated about 7 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with the garlic and the crushed red pepper and cook uncovered until the garlic is golden brown about 3 minutes. Season the broccoli with salt and pepper, drizzle with the lemon juice and serve.