Roasted Broccoli di Cicco

Courtesy of Nom Nom Paleo

 

Broccoli di Cicco is a sweet and tender heirloom variety.  Enjoy the entire florets as the stems and leaves enhance the texture and flavors.  You can prepare this as you would regular broccoli including steaming, stir-fry and raw however my favorite is roasted in the oven.  It is a simple dish yet provides a nice compliment to any meal.  It is also very kid friendly!

Ingredients:
1 pound fresh Broccoli di Cicco
At least 4 tablespoons high heat fat (butter or lard works great!)
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
Garlic (optional)
Parmesean Cheese (optional)

*serves 2-4  (warning: people will demand seconds!)

Step 1:
Pre-heat oven to 450°F.  Place fat in glass roasting dish and warm in oven.

Step 2:
Rinse the entire bag of broccoli in the sink to remove any excess dirt or bugs.  Do not dry as the moisture on the broccoli will help steam it in the oven.  Once the fat has melted in the dish toss in the broccoli and add salt & pepper to taste.  To enhance this dish you can add garlic. 

Cover dish with foil or baking sheet.

Step 3:
Roast in oven for 20 minutes.  Depending on the size you may need to adjust the time accordingly.  It should be tender yet still hold its shape.

(Optional) Step 4:
Top with lots of freshly grated Parmesan and broil on high heat in oven for a couple minutes.  Adds a nice and crisp finishing touch!

Breakfast is served!

 

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