While I’m on the broccoli rant I just want to say that this is one of my most favorite side dishes ever. I discovered it a long time ago in the Italian Restaurants on Long Island which are very popular for this sort of thing. I am pretty sure this recipe started out quite by accident but it caught on and is super popular back east, we even put it on our pizza! Once we started spending so much time out in Colorado I was missing my native food so just started to make it myself. All you need is some broccoli, salt and pepper, olive and oil, a very hot oven, and yeah a smoke detector that doesn’t keep going off. This is really delicious and sort of fool-proof.
I served it alongside my spatchcocked chicken. Super yummy.
Broccoli ( at least 1 head for 4 people)
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Olive Oil – you’ll want to start out with app. 2 tablespoons of olive oil, I like to use my hands and make sure that the broccoli is covered enough. If not enough oil it will just dry out and burn out. On the other hand don’t let it swim in oil.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
I spray a cookie sheet with Pam cooking spray, cut up broccoli into smallish pieces ( see photo) cut off any very thick ends. Pour some olive oil* over the broccoli and with clean hands get oil over the broccoli, sprinkle well with salt and pepper. Put tray in oven for at least 40 minutes, then turn oven up to 500 and keep broccoli in for another 10 minutes. Everyone likes varying degrees of burnt broccoli , if you’ve never had it you’ll have to figure it out for yourself. This is very yummy.
*Don’t overdo the olive oil, just make sure that there is oil all over the broccoli, not swimming in it. That being said, you’ll need enough to crisp it up and for flavor, so don’t skimp on it either.