Lovin’ my home grown broccoli, makes delicious roasted broccoli. It is so pretty I hated to pick it. I ended up cutting the heads with my pruning shears.
As a new challenge I’m trying 10 new recipes out of something I grew in my garden. Starting early as the broccoli was ready to eat. I wanted to do something different than my family’s preferred ways, which is to nuke it in the microwave till mushy and drenched in cheese, stir-fry, or broccoli soup. That seemed to be a waste of this fresh broccoli.
I found 2 Roasted Broccoli recipes I just had to try. Good thing I had lots of broccoli from my few plants. I harvested half, cut it up into flowerets, filling a bowl nicely and tried the 1st recipe.
The Best Broccoli of Your Life
Yep that is the name of the recipe. The Best Broccoli of Your Life. It looked interesting, so why not give it a try. I had all the ingredients on hand except the toasted pine nuts and parmesan cheese. I substituted what I had on hand, sunflower seeds and cheddar cheese.
At first my husband was skeptical, you’re going to ruin that perfect broccoli! It won’t be soft. Happily, he was quite pleased with the results and came back for a 2nd plate. “When are you cooking rest of the broccoli?”
Sunflower seeds worked, next time I’ll try either a parmesan grated blend (not the powdery stuff) or feta.
Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli
While roasting my first batch of broccoli, I noticed the recipe’s website had another yummy looking recipe. Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli. I waited half a week to cook this, picked rest of my broccoli heads. Picked up shrimp on my way home to cook.
The recipe didn’t seem to have enough olive oil to coat the broccoli well. I doubled the oil and the other ingredients for the broccoli. If I did it again, I’d only double the oil but the seasonings.. I didn’t have the fresh lemon for the shrimp so I used a fresh orange. It called for salt, pepper, and hot pepper. I simply used Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning instead. I also used whole coriander seed and whole cumin seed as the recipe asked. It was so yummy, I kind of liked the seeds. My husband says no whole seeds next time, use the ground up spice instead. Personal preference.
Can’t wait to try this one again. I see more roasted broccoli in our family’s future. Next time I’ll have to remember to take a picture of the finished product. We were in too big of a hurry to eat it. What are your favorite broccoli recipes?
Roasted Broccoli Recipes:
10 New Recipes from Food I Grow Challenge
One of the skills I’m working on for 13 Skills is to try 10 new recipes, each includeing something I grew. As I try a new recipe I’ll add them to this list. As you can tell, I have lots of broccoli and cabbage.