Roasted Broccoli with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette and Marcona Almonds

By • January 12, 2010 • 123 Comments



Author Notes: You can add my name to the legions of fans of Ina Garten's roasted broccoli - it was a revelation for me! This is my spin on that dish. - arielleclementinearielleclementine

Food52 Review: This recipe was a runner-up in last year's broccoli contest and we think it deserves a spot in the second cookbook. Here are our notes from last year: Arielleclementine's recipe is both easy enough to make every night and unusual enough to save for special occasions. The smoked paprika and garlic-infused oil contribute an earthy, peppery bite; when combined with the mellow acid of the sherry vinegar, it makes for a musky, balanced vinaigrette that complements the broccoli's natural sweetness, enhanced by roasting. And in our opinion, Marcona almonds, buttery and rich, are a great addition to pretty much anything. - A&MA&M

Serves two

  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • kosher salt, for sprinkling
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup marcona almonds
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss the broccoli florets on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and a hefty sprinkling of kosher salt. Roast for 20 minutes.
  2. While the broccoli is roasting, prepare the vinaigrette. Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat until quite warm (about 2 minutes). Stir in the minced garlic and the smoked paprika and remove the pan from the heat. Let stand 10 minutes.
  3. Put the sherry vinegar and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the paprika oil. Try to leave most of the solids (paprika and garlic) in the skillet, if possible.
  4. After 20 minutes, remove the broccoli from the oven and toss the marcona almonds on top. Drizzle with a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette, toss, and serve immediately.
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Tags: broccoli, marcona almonds, smoked

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11 days ago tessga

hrmmm, we didn't love this. the sherry vinegar was way too pronounced.

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3 months ago ChantalMSalomonLee

Best broccoli ever! It was so simple to make. I cannot wait to make it again!

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6 months ago BavarianCook

Oh WOW. I am in the middle of making this (broccoli is roasting and I just made vinaigrette) and can tell/smell that this is going to be fantastic. But since I love garlic, I won't part with the solids. Thanks for a lovely recipe!!

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8 months ago Caroline Conger

This was delicious and gone in an instant! I used the semi-fried garlic from the paprika oil in a lentil soup.

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8 months ago AnneA

Total winner with everyone this Thanksgiving. Now making again for Christmas dinner. So easy too!

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12 months ago Muse

This recipe is SO good...have added it to my Thanksgiving repertoire! Thank you for sharing it arielleclementine...Peace, Light and Love.

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over 1 year ago arielleclementine

a huge thanks to all of you who have commented on my recipe! i'm thrilled that you have enjoyed it! and, ortolan, your name is awesome :D

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about 1 year ago drbabs

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Arielle, I made this today for Father's Day! I tripled the recipe, and sliced up two sweet onions and roasted them with the broccoli. I also used a blend of red wine and balsamic vinegars, and increased the amount of vinegar relative to oil slightly. It was awesome! I love this recipe so much. Thank you!

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about 1 year ago arielleclementine

aw thanks, drbabs! i'm honored my recipe was a part of your father's day celebration!

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over 1 year ago ortolan

This is sooooo good! I always steam broccoli, but was inspired by the flavor combination in this recipe; the smoked paprika makes sense with the roasted vegetable. I threw in some regular almonds with the broccoli for the last 10 minutes; it still turned out amazing. Thank you!

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over 1 year ago ntt2

I made this last night and it was fabulous. My Marcona almonds were very salty and I put them in the dressing while the broccoli was roasting. They had lost the overpowering salty taste but were still crisp. Thanks Ina and Arielleclementine!

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over 1 year ago Annelle

Just made this again, but the first time with Marcona almonds. My goodness--so good!!

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over 1 year ago Mark Campidonica

I found this recipe through the "The Only 8 Recipes You Need To Master" article in HuffPost. This recipe was an example of braising vegetables, which I never tried. I had to modify it a bit so I could use my toaster oven, use what I had on hand, and make only one serving, but a GREAT way to cook Broccoli!

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over 1 year ago GraceT

Yeah, dumb dumb here finally figured that out. Took me long enough.

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over 1 year ago ktmermaid

I made this for Christmas Eve dinner - it was a huge hit! Never would've thought of almonds with broccoli; it's a fantastic combo.

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almost 2 years ago GraceT

Sounds fantastic. Can't wait to make it. One question. In the directions you call for whisking in paprika oil. Is that a mistake? If not, how much, or am I reading recipe wrong?

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over 1 year ago Mark Campidonica

She is referring to the oil extract made in Step 2.

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almost 2 years ago ECMotherwell

Since I first made this a few months ago, it's been in regular rotation. SO GOOD.

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almost 2 years ago dianelb

This looks SO GOOD!!!! I try to make healthy, fun foods and can't wait to try this!

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about 2 years ago Jacquelyn Elyse

Thank you so much, Arielle - made and extremely enjoyed your dish tonight. I'm a (sometimes reluctant) vegan and thrilled to add this to my repertoire. Due to some cabinet skimpiness, I used sliced regular almonds (toasted), red wine vinegar (instead of sherry), and then threw all the paprika/garlic solids in there. Dishes like this keep my veganism going. THANK YOU!

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about 2 years ago Jacquelyn Elyse

Thank you so much, Arielle - made and extremely enjoyed your dish tonight. I'm a (sometimes reluctant) vegan and thrilled to add this to my repertoire. Due to some cabinet skimpiness, I used sliced regular almonds (toasted), red wine vinegar (instead of sherry), and then threw all the paprika/garlic solids in there. Dishes like this keep my veganism going. THANK YOU!

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about 2 years ago dani

This is lovely Arielle. We had it tonight and it was delicious. Fabulous recipe!

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about 2 years ago arielleclementine

thanks mama! thrilled you liked it! <3

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over 2 years ago darceyh

Anything with smoked paprika gets my attention (divine on anything green!). This is a wonderful combination with the almonds.

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about 2 years ago arielleclementine

thanks so much darceyh!

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over 2 years ago ktmckinsey

I just made this, and it's absolutely amazing!! I didn't leave the garlic pieces and spice in the skillet because, well, I love garlic. This is going on the regular rotation.

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over 2 years ago arielleclementine

oh fantastic!! thank you so much for trying the recipe, and for your lovely comment, ktmckinsey!

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over 2 years ago gingerroot

I made this for Christmas and it is my new favorite way to serve broccoli. I was already a fan of roasted broccoli, but your smoked paprika vinaigrette is brilliant. I'm visiting my husband's family in NY, so my only omission was the almonds which we did not have. I also subbed balsamic for the sherry vinegar, since we had it on hand. I can't wait to get home - this is going into the regular rotation! Happy Holidays, arielleclementine!!!

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over 2 years ago arielleclementine

oh thanks!! so thrilled you liked it! you're the best :)

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over 2 years ago ihaventpoisonedyouyet

Can I sub either dry vermouth or regular drinkin' sherry for the sherry vinegar??

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over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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I'd use red wine vinegar instead, perhaps with just a touch of sherry, that I'd reduced over medium heat by about half (and to burn off the alcohol). ;o)

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over 2 years ago arielleclementine

i usually just use balsalmic vinegar when i'm out of sherry vinegar, but AntoniaJames' suggestion would work well too.

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almost 3 years ago em-i-lis

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I just love this dish- have made it twice now and know it will be a regular on our fall table. Great combo of flavors! YUM!

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almost 3 years ago arielleclementine

oh how fun! i'm so happy you like it- thanks for sharing :)

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over 2 years ago em-i-lis

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truly one of my all-time faves!! you are such an inspired cook!

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over 2 years ago arielleclementine

what a really lovely compliment :) i'm thrilled you like it!

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Made this two nights ago and absolutely loved it! I'll be making it again and again. Thanks for a great recipe.

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almost 3 years ago arielleclementine

thank you so much! i'm thrilled that you liked it :)

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over 3 years ago ENunn

I'm having this again tonight with a fried egg. It is so good.

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about 3 years ago arielleclementine

that's so nice! thanks! everything's better with a fried egg :)

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over 3 years ago aligthang

Made this the other night and it was fabulous. Threw a few shrimp in about halway through the roast cycle and then served it atop some buttered noodles with pepper and a few tablespoons of parmesan cheese. Didn't have marcona almonds but I threw a handful of macadamia pieces in there to get a similar crunch. Really delicious and simple.

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about 3 years ago arielleclementine

what a fantastic idea! thanks for your comment :)

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over 3 years ago wanderash

Woohoo! Congrats arielleclementine! I love this recipe and make it a lot. It is my husband's favorite way to eat broccoli. I'm glad this one is going in the book.

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

thank you so much, wanderash :)

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over 3 years ago chez_mere

Yes this recipe looks very good. I know it is hard to original sometimes, but it also looks eerily like a recipe from Bon Appetite's November 2009 issue...

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

This recipe was inspired by Ina Garten's broccoli recipe (as I say in the headnote), and a spin on a vinaigrette from the El Farol cookbook. I added the marcona almonds because I had some on hand. I don't appreciate your insinuation of plagiarism.

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over 3 years ago TiggyBee

arielleclementine: you just got a drive by - not to worry!

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

thanks TiggyBee :)

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Here's a link to the November 2009 recipe. While some of the ingredients are similar, I think it's clear that Arielle's designed a recipe that gives us the unique properties of roasted broccoli and a dressing enhanced by smoked paprika, sherry vinegar and marcona almonds.

http://www.bonappetit.com...

Check out this recent interview with Amanda about how to write and adapt recipes. Arielle is clear on where she got the inspiration for hers. Perhaps the recipe developers at Bon Appetit were similarly inspired.

http://diannej.com/blog/

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over 3 years ago bugbitten

I'd just like to add my voice to the brilliant, right on, comment from TiggyBee, who summed up the situation exactly. Thanks to drbabs I was able to view the pretender recipe from BonAp. That recipe's instruction to "cover and boil" is a crime against vegetables everywhere, and if there were no other differences, your recipe would still stand out as original to me. Originality in food lies not on the page, but on the palate. Keep on cooking and winning, kiddo.

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

haha! thank you so much, bugbitten :) your comment is much appreciated!

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

thank you all so much for your wonderful comments! this was such a fantastic surprise, and your comments made it even better! hooray for food52! <3

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over 3 years ago JacquieMDFR

Oh My Goodness!!!! Never would have thought of this combination but it taste as a matter of fact. This is a true keeper. Thank you for sharing.

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Congrats! So glad this will be in book 2!

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over 3 years ago TiggyBee

This looks amazing! Congrats arielleclementine...

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over 3 years ago TasteFood

Congratulations on your wild card win!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Yahoo arielleclementine!! Congrats on this fantastic Wildcard win. I missed this the first time around but it sounds amazing and I will be making this soon!

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over 3 years ago Oui, Chef

I can't tell you how many times I've made this dish, it is one of my absolute favorites....congratulations on this well deserved win! - S

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over 3 years ago lapadia

Broccoli, one of my favorites...in any dish. Congratulations on your wildcard!

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

Salivating, looks FABULOUS!... Congratulations arielleclementine! & thank you , thank you soo much for highlighting a vegetarian dish!!

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over 3 years ago Midge

Congrats arielleclementine! What a brilliant recipe.

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

Yay Arielle, congrats!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Congratulations on the Wildcard, Arielle--I love this recipe--I make it frequently!

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

huzzah!! thank you! what a fun surprise!!

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

and so well-deserved!!!!

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over 3 years ago lastnightsdinner

Whoo hoo - congratulations!

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY Arielle! So exciting! I made this when you first posted it and absolutely LOVED it - so happy to see you as a wild card!!!!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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I spy a wildcard winner! Yippeee! I love roasted broccoli. Grilled broccoli is also the bomb.

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over 3 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

Congratulations, this sounds delicious!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Yay! Congrats, arielleclementine!!!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Congrats on your wildcard win, ac! This sounds delicious.

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over 3 years ago bugbitten

Has anyone tried this wonderful side dish as a make-ahead? I'd like to serve it for Christmas Day.

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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I haven't tried to, but I never would. Roasted broccoli loses its magic very, very quickly, in my experience. You should ask this question though over at foodpickle, as there no doubt are many people who will see the question there, who would not see it here. ;o)

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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I agree with AntoniaJames about the roasted broccoli, but what you could do is make the dressing ahead of time, roast the broccoli while your meat is resting, warm up the dressing, and serve it as the broccoli comes out of the oven.

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

hi bugbitten! i'm so glad you like my recipe! i have made this for dinner, and then eaten the reheated leftovers. while the taste is essentially the same the next day, the look/texture is not as good. the broccoli sort of wilts a bit, and gets a little more sodden. i think drbabs has the right idea- and perhaps the lingering aromas of roasted meat will mask the smell of the broccoli a bit? thanks again!

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over 3 years ago java&foam

i made this last night with broccolini (along side a roast chicken and new potatoes) and the smoked paprika provided an excellent twist. the broccolini makes it less bite-sized that having the florets but it is less prep work and i find it cooks very evenly. thanks for sharing a great recipe that I'm sure will become one of my week-night staples!

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

oh hooray! thanks! i love broccolini- i'll have to try this!

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over 3 years ago bugbitten

I made this last night for dinner guests and it garnered all the compliments! Remarkable for a side dish. I'd like to ask if you've had success making this ahead, as the aroma of the roasting broccoli was not as appreciated as the final dish. Thank you, I will be making this again and again.

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over 3 years ago HandRocksLadle

Made this a couple of nights ago and it was a hit! My fiuance and I had two heads of broccoli each -- definitely no leftovers. Ha!

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

haha! that's fantastic- thanks for sharing!

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about 4 years ago RickyRage

I made this last night, delightful. I'm a vegetarian so I had a Quorn cutlet along with it. Very simple, and very flavorful!

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about 4 years ago arielleclementine

yahoo! thanks, RickyRage! i'm so happy you liked it :)

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over 4 years ago Annelle

Made this last night--it was wonderful!!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

hooray! thank you for trying it! i'm so happy you liked it :)

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over 4 years ago luvcookbooks

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This is the potato chip of broccoli, irresistible and easy to make!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

that's awesome! thank you!

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over 4 years ago drbabs

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I'm making this tonight with brussels sprouts and broccoli.

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

thank you! i sure hope you liked it :)

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over 4 years ago Mike Selinker

This sounds scrumptious, as always. I very much like the idea of marcona almonds, especially since I don't know what they are.

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over 4 years ago FoodBaby512

I voted! I couldn't pick a better one to vote for my first time. Broccoli is my fav. Now I just have to convince someone to cook this recipe for me : ) Who's that weird Molly Bacon chick?

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

haha! thanks, friend!

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over 4 years ago Molly Bacon

Yummy. I enjoyed it over buttered noodles. :)

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

thanks, molly bacon!!

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over 4 years ago Oui, Chef

I'm always looking for different things to do with broccoli, and this dish sounds like a keeper. I love your addition of marconas and smoked paprika....yum!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

thank you so much, Oui, Chef!

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over 4 years ago Miss Kitty

Just made the recipe and am serving it with baked salmon. That vinaigrette kicks a**!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

thanks, miss kitty!

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over 4 years ago Marla

Three of my favorites in here...marcona almonds, broccoli and smoked paprika. You are right, great for everyday and special occasions!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

thank you so much!

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over 4 years ago Lizthechef

She (IG) turned me onto marcona almonds too - bet she'd like your recipe! Got my vote...

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

that's so kind! thanks!

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over 4 years ago seemeredithcook

Good work girl!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

thanks, friend!

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over 4 years ago anncamacho

I made this tonight and wow! The best broccoli I've ever had!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

you really made my day! thank you!

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over 4 years ago Helenthenanny

Congratulations sister!!! Its original and yummy and fun!! Good good job! And I especially liked the part when I got to eat the left-overs the next day mixed into a big pot of buttered noodles!! So delicious, well done : )

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

hooray! thank you, sister! also hooray for buttered noodles :)

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over 4 years ago mariaraynal

Smart idea!

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over 4 years ago Miss Kitty

I plan to fix this the coming weekend and looking forward to it. I'd like to serve it with grilled fish. I've never heard of "smoked" paprika and I'm eager to try it, too.
Thanks for an interesting way for us to eat our vegetables!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

what fun! thank you! yes- smoked paprika is quite fun! you can buy it in bulk at central market too, so you only have to spend like 20 cents on it!

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over 4 years ago mariaraynal

How I love Central Market. You Texans are so lucky!

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over 4 years ago josie

yum!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

hooray! thanks!

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over 4 years ago KelseyTheNaptimeChef

I love the unique flavors in this. I've used Pine nuts with broccoli before, but never Marcona almonds (a true favorite of mine) - what a great idea!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

thanks so much!

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over 4 years ago mariaraynal

What a great recipe, I will definitely try this one.

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

thank you! your recipe sounds absolutely wonderful :)

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over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Looks really great...I've made roasted cauliflower with smoked paprika before, but I like broccoli much better so I'm sure this is fab.!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

thank you!

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over 4 years ago eatboutique

I want some broccoli right now, thank you!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

haha! thanks!

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over 4 years ago erinmonge

This recipe looks AMAZING!!

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over 4 years ago arielleclementine

you're the best! thanks, erin!