Ah, summertime, time for cold, juicy and crisp watermelon, burgers and hot dogs, potato salads and...broccoli? It might not seem like it's the 'right' time for broccoli, but to me, there is always a right time for broccoli. Especially when it tastes this amazing! This is officially, the best broccoli you'll ever have in your life. After you try this, you'll be wondering to yourself, why was I ever eating boring steamed broccoli before, or covered in cheese, or why you might have thought you didn't like it before. This broccoli is delicious and almost meaty in flavor and I will admit, it's happened twice in the past 2 weeks that I've devoured a huge serving of these (that I expected to have for me and Tomislav both but I couldn't wait to eat it because it's that good!)
Here's what you need:
- Broccoli (1 big crown or 2 small ones, or even a bag of the frozen stuff)
- 3 Cloves of Garlic, thinly sliced
- Olive Oil
- Lemon zest of 1 lemon (or half of one if it's really big)
- Juice of half a lemon
- 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
- Handful of basil leaves, torn (optional)
- Salt and Pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (About 220 C, I did it at 200 though bc my oven is a little wonky). Either cut your broccoli florets, if you're using fresh broccoli (which is the best option) and I like to use the stalks in stir-fries then, so you can save the stalks, slice them up and put them in a container for later. If you're using frozen broccoli (when you're moving, you try to eat everything from the fridge, so a bag of frozen broccoli made for not only a perfectly acceptable, but an addictively delicious lunch!) try to defrost the broccoli as much as possible, just to get as much of the moisture out as you can.
Then, place the florets in a single layer on a big baking sheet. Take your sliced garlic and put it all over the broccoli, so almost very piece has garlic on it and then drizzle everything with olive oil. Put a little salt and pepper over the top and send it in the oven for 20-25 minutes for fresh broccoli and 30-35 minutes for frozen until some of the florets have browned.
Take the broccoli out of the oven and grate the lemon zest over the top of the broccoli, then squeeze the lemon juice. Finally, put the parmesan over the top of the broccoli and if you have basil, tear up some leaves and toss them about. Serve immediately, devour instantly.
This stuff is absolutely addictive. You're gonna love it and you have to try it! This will, without a doubt, be the best broccoli you've ever eaten. Enjoy!