Couple of months ago when I took up the theme cooking from Food 52 recipes, I bookmarked quite a few recipes from that site. I baked a few of those for this bake-a-thon. When I saw Rajani’s version of roasted broccoli from Food 52, I made it right away. I like broccoli when cooked properly and liked the roasted version as well. I have made it 2-3 times in the last couple of months.
Brocolli is a tasteless vegetable and not liked by many. I like it either steamed or lightly sauteed and do not like overcooked mushy florets. Roasting it in the oven is a nice way to ensure it is not overcooked. This roasted version can be served as a snack or a side dish with any cuisine. I once served it with rice and once with some grilled meats.
As I mentioned couple of months ago, I am learning to process RAW images and am still struggling. Then, I was using 30 day free trail version of Lightroom 5 and last month I downloaded 30 day trial version of Photoshop CC. This version has both Lightroom 6 and Photoshop. Unfortunately I could not spend much time playing around with Photoshop as I had hoped to but I did pick up a little bit of Lightroom. After trying both products, I am still unsure what I want to use. I am still struggling processing food images but kind of got a hang of processing other images, such as landscape images in Lightroom. I am leaning towards purchasing Lightroom 6 which is around $150, equivalent to 15 months of subscription to Photoshop CC, which includes both Photoshop and Lightroom. Part of me says I should buy Lightroom, learn it and then consider Photoshop. The other part of me says when I can learn both Lightroom and Photoshop simultaneously, why not go for it. I am going on a vacation tomorrow and will decide what course of action to take, after I get back in mid January. Today's images were processed using Lightroom 6. I still felt my JPEG images were more colorful, yet decided to go with these. The only way I am going to learn and improve is by practice and feed back from you all. Ok, Ok, I will stop my rant for now and get to today's recipe.
Source: Food 52
Total Time: 25 - 30 minutes
Preparation: 5 - 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 1 - 2
- 1 head Broccoli, cut into small florets (approx. 2 - 2 ½ cups florets )
- ⅙ - ¼ tsp. Sea Salt
- ¾ - 1 tsp. Olive Oil for Drizzle
- 1 ½ tbsp. Blanched Almonds
- 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
- ½ - 1 Clove Garlic, minced (I used 1 clove as I like garlic, about ¾ tsp. minced)
- ½ tsp. Paprika
- 1 - 2 tsp. Lime Juice or Sherry Vinegar (I used lime juice)
- Salt to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425F.
- Wash and cut broccoli into small florets.
- Spread on a lined/unlined baking sheet, drizzle olive oil, sea salt and toss. Spread florets on the sheet and do not overcrowd them.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes. Turn the broccoli around and bake for another 8 minutes. Toss almonds on the tray and bake for another 2 minutes. The total bake time is 20 minutes. Almonds need not be baked but I felt roasting almonds for few minutes would bring out the flavor.
- While the broccoli is roasting, heat oil in a small skillet or a sauce pan over medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add minced garlic, paprika and turn off the heat. Stir the mixture and let stand for at least 10 minutes.
- Take lime juice, pinch of salt in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in garlic paprika infused oil. Be careful not to add garlic and paprika to lime juice mixture. I used a strainer to leave out the garlic. Whisk until lime juice and infused oil are incorporated.
- Once broccoli is roasted, drizzle some vinaigrette on it, toss and serve. Roasted broccoli taste good as it is and I used vinaigrette as dipping sauce.
Delicious dish but healthy too. Love the presentation.
Priya srinivasan says
Tell me about the dilemma. I too want to buy lightroom. Still thinking!!
I feel the pictures have a warm light and not the bright daylight. But still they are pretty!!
Usha, the broccoli in the bowl looks all bright and pretty, however overall effect is little too dull I felt. I like your previous touchups better...Maybe you can reduce light and increase saturation a bit....I like how the bits are browned and look good with that almond flakes..
Healthy and delicious oven roasted broccoli..
Delicious looking brocolli....and irrespective of which one you use, your clicks are most tempting!
Love roasted broccoli and your clicks are very tempting.
Divya @ Divya's Culinary Journey says
My kids love broccoli and I often roast it in the oven for them. They prefer that roasted broccoli than the traditional cooked ones. Your version sounds great. Will try this too.
Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille) says
I love broccoli so I must disagree with you on being tasteless but this version looks scrumptious and btw the photos look gorgeous
Simply love this roasted broccoli florets, i can finish that bowl without any fuss.
Oh my ! Those broccoli looks so delicious . I want to grab some from the screen .Bookmarked.