Almond

Roasted Broccoli with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette and Marcona Almonds

January 12, 2010
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. - arielleclementine —arielleclementine

Test Kitchen Notes

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&M —The Editors

  • Serves two
Ingredients
  • 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 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup marcona almonds
In This Recipe
Directions
  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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