Roasted Broccoli with sliced Almonds - a healthy indulgence!
Most kids do not like Broccoli. Mine were no different. But once I roasted Broccoli in the oven, there was no looking back. It became a family favorite !. The great combination of slightly charred crispy florets with little caramelized stems along with different spices makes a great appetizer. A simple splash of olive oil with salt and pepper also goes a long way!
Usually my kids would just bite into the flower part of it and throw away the stems. So when I came across a similar recipe in Pinterest, with thin sliced Broccoli, I decided to try it out. I knew that they would eat them because the stem was so thin. I made a batch immediately and was happy to watch it disappear. They ate them without discarding the stem. Yay, battle won:) It was simply delicious! I must warn you, this recipe is pretty addictive!
I also got the idea of using sliced almonds from the same post. Best way to roast Broccoli is to bake them in high heat. You definitely do not want to slow cook and make them mushy. When they cook on high temperature they caramelize and that's what we want. 450 F - 475 F is a good heat to bake. This simple method has become my new favorite way to cook Broccoli!
2 Broccoli heads, cut into florets
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder/ chili flakes/black pepper powder
2 tablespoon sliced almonds
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese( optional)
salt, as needed
Using a sharp knife cut the florets into thin slices (from the stem towards the flower). In a large bowl, mix the oil, garlic powder and chili flakes . Toss the broccoli slices in this mixture, coat them well.
Preheat oven at 475 F. Spread the sliced broccoli out on a greased baking sheet. Do not over crowd the pan. Sprinkle salt all over. Pop them in the oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes. You will see the charred edges. Keep a close eye as they burn pretty quickly. Remove it from the oven, try to flip them and sprinkle the sliced almonds. Bake them again for another 4-5 minutes or until done. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and enjoy!