Who says broccoli has to be boring? This Oven Roasted Broccoli is topped with parmesan creating an easy flavorful side dish perfect for any meal.
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Broccoli by itself can be kind of boring. Want to know what isn't? Oven Roasted Broccoli! In this recipe, I toss the broccoli in Pomora's lemon flavored olive oil. It gives it a beautiful flavor. If you don't have the lemon flavored olive oil, you can use a plain olive oil and add 1 tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice for a similar flavor. (You can read about all my favorite reasons to use Pomora Olive Oil here.) After roasting, I add fresh grated parmesan and chili pepper flakes. The result is FANTASTIC!
What kind of pan should you use for Oven Roasted Broccoli?
This oven roasted broccoli is cooked for 20 minutes. The color of your pan will affect how long you roast your broccoli. The darker your pans are, usually the quicker it will cook. Depending on your pan, you will need to roast your broccoli anywhere between 15-25 minutes. Therefore, keep an eye on your oven roasted broccoli starting at 15 minutes in to not over cook it. Also, I didn't cook my broccoli to a crisp. I like to have only the edges brown. If you want your broccoli more crispy, you may want to cook yours between 20 to 25 minutes. Just be careful because once they start crisping, they cook really fast and can burn easy at the end.
What kind of parmesan should you use to top roasted broccoli?
Parmesan is actually really important in the flavoring of this recipe. If you use that unrefrigerated stuff that is pre-shredded in the shaker, it WILL NOT BE AS GOOD!!! My husband grew up on that stuff, and I keep it on hand for him. It brings him back to his happy childhood moments and I like to keep him happy. However, I am honestly not sure if that stuff is even real cheese.
For the success of TASTY, DELICIOUS flavor in this recipe, use a good quality parmesan. You can use a pre-shredded brand in the refrigerated section. Freshly shredded is ALWAYS better, but parmesan can be a pain to shred because it is hard and crumbly. Just make sure to buy a good quality. It will taste 100 times better than that packaged stuff on the dry isle shelf section.
Can you use frozen broccoli for roasting?
You can use frozen broccoli for roasting. Frozen broccoli will not crisp up as much as fresh broccoli will. You will also have to add about 10 to 15 minutes in cooking time. I would suggest flipping the broccoli about half way through. Because of the natural waters the frozen broccoli lets out during roasting, I like to add a little more oil half way through also. This will help crisp it up more after that water has been released. I prefer using fresh broccoli in this recipe, personally. I like the crispy texture. However, I buy frozen broccoli all the time. If I don't have fresh broccoli on hand, I have no problem grabbing a frozen bag of broccoli and substituting it for the fresh.
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Oven Roasted Broccoli-Topped with Parmesan
- 24 oz broccoli (1 ½ pound) cut into floret slices
- 4 tbsp lemon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste generous with salt
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
- chili pepper flakes to taste
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Toss 24oz broccoli in 4 tbs lemon olive oil. Salt and pepper. Spread on baking sheet.
- Roast 15 to 20 minutes watching not to burn. For more crispy roasted broccoli, roast up to 25 minutes, watching closely not to burn.
- Remove from oven. Top with ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan. Add red chili pepper flakes for a little heat. Serve.