Parmesan Crusted Broccoli

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Author Notes: The warmth from the garlic and the acidity of the balsamic vinegar help bring out the sharpness of the parmesan, giving the broccoli a rich, robust quality. The crunch of the parmesan crust makes this dish hard to resist. Broccoli has never tasted this good!Pooja Desai Patel

Serves 2-4

  • 1 pound broccoli florets
  • 3 pieces of garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive-oil
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • salt to taste
  1. Steam the broccoli in the microwave on high for five minutes. If you are using frozen broccoli, you can simply thaw it before using.
  2. In a saute pan, heat the olive oil on medium heat and add garlic and crushed red pepper.
  3. When the garlic is fragrant and starting to turn ever so slightly golden (be cautious since garlic has a tendency to burn quickly), mix in the broccoli, salt, and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the balsamic vinegar and grated Parmesan. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the cheese has created a crispy brown coating on the florets. That i€™s when you will know that it'€™s done.

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about 1 month ago Larry

I saw this and wanted to try, but didn't have broccoli on hand. I had both cauliflower and romanesco I followed the recipe exactly to a "t" for the cauliflower and was very, very happy with the results. Next time I make it though I think I will add some oil packed anchovies and a fresh red chili. For the romanesco I wanted to preserve it's nuttiness, so I used safflower oil and used a dry ricotta in place of the Parmesan and then sprinkled some walnut oil over the finished dish. Thanks for the recipe, and the ideas it gave.


about 1 month ago Pooja Desai Patel

Larry, this version sounds delicious, especially with the ricotta! So glad this recipe served as a good base for your creativity.


about 1 year ago Tammi Whittaker

Oh yes, this is so on! I've been a bit bored with broccoli and this will get me out of the rut!


over 1 year ago Rkelly3042

This is soooo good!


over 2 years ago Muse

This looks absolutely going to make some for dinner tonight!


over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Deadly, but deliciously so. Special occasion food for sure, but wow, this one looks good! ;o)