Roasted Broccoli with Almonds, Roasted Garlic and Mustard Vinaigrette

October 22, 2012
3 Ratings
Photo by Tom
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

I grow broccoli in my garden and this year it is doing phenomenally. Because I grow it, I use it head to tail. I love the leaves and how they become crispy when roasted, I think the stems are the best part, and as long as you peel them they are very tender too, which leaves me the floret, which, well is a floret and has lots of uses. One thing about roasting I have learned is sometimes, no matter the broccoli, it comes out tough and stringy. If your broccoli comes out the oven tough and stringy I have found if I take another sheet tray and cover the broccoli while it is hot for a few minutes it will steam itself tender. —thirschfeld

What You'll Need
  • 6 cups broccoli stems, florets, and leaves
  • 2 garlic heads, tops trimmed off
  • 2 teaspoons Dusseldorf or Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 cup peeled and blanched whole almonds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Place the garlic into an ovenproof ramekin and drizzle the heads with olive oil. Season them with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cover them with foil and bake the garlic for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the garlic cool.
  2. Turn the oven to 425°F. Place all the broccoli into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle it with olive oil and season it liberally with salt and pepper. Spread it out onto a sheet tray.
  3. Bake the broccoli for 35 minutes then sprinkle the almonds across the top and cook until the broccoli is tender and the almonds are beginning to brown, about 12 more minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, while the broccoli is roasting combine the mustards, lemon juice, and squeeze one of the roasted heads of garlic into the bowl making sure to get all the garlic "paste" you can from the garlic paper. Season the mix with a pinch of salt and some freshly ground pepper.
  5. Take the other head of garlic and gently peel the paper from the cloves trying to leave the cloves whole. Set the cloves aside.
  6. Using a whisk, combine the ingredients then drizzle in 4 to 6 tablespoons of olive oil, depending on how tart you like your dressings.
  7. Once the garlic and almonds have finished roasting dump them into the bowl with the dressing, mix to combine the ingredients and serve garnished with more garlic cloves from the second head of garlic.

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5 Reviews

Adelucchi March 12, 2014
Made this for guest last night. Big hit! Used broccoli and romanesco cauliflower (you know the one that looks like it was grown on the moon). Since I need to limit my sodium I subbed smoky paprika, Spike salt free seasoning and chile limon (Oakland Spice Shop) for the salt and pepper. These along with the mustards made it really tasty and the crunch of the regular almonds and the roasted garlic were so good we didn't miss the extra salt. Thanks so much for a recipe that will make several appearances on my table, guest or not.
chop C. January 12, 2013
This recipe is a keeper and will be part of our veggie dish rotation. Made it last night and it was delicious.
Danielle P. November 21, 2012
Love the Sheet Tray/Steaming Trick! I will have to try that.. this recipe looks simply delicious.
happymontycooks October 23, 2012
Cooking broccoli destroys myrosinase, the enzyme needed to absorb sulforaphane, which has been linked to anti- cancer and anti-diabetic properties... HOWEVER mustard is high in myrosinase so complementing broccoli with mustard allows the satisfied eater to reap the full benefits of broccoli. This is just my nerdy way of saying, this recipe looks fabulous!
I buy my broccoli from the Farmer's Market-- I actually enjoy it raw. But with the cold temperatures fast approaching, I'll be preparing broccoli per this recipe.
nannydeb October 22, 2012
Oh, yum!