This is my favorite way to cook broccoli. It’s easy, delicious and beautiful. Plus, I’m always looking for ways to get my food into the oven and off of the stovetop. Oven-roasting is so much easier and cleaner, no?
- One large head broccoli
- 2 T olive oil
- 1/2 t sugar (I know, it’s weird. But it really helps it caramelize)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Lemon wedges to serve
- Adjust oven rack to lowest position, place large rimmed sheet pan on rack and preheat oven to 500. It’s important to preheat your pan with the oven, so that the broccoli is seared when you put it in the pan.
- Cut broccoli at head of. Peel from stalk and cut stalk into 2- to 3-inch lengths, then cut each stalk piece into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Cut crowns into 4-6 wedges, depending on size of crowns. Note that you are not trying to create individual little “trees” like you might normally. Ideally, each piece you cut will have a flat section of exposed stalk.
- Place broccoli in large bowl; drizzle with oil and toss well until evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt, sugar, and pepper to taste and toss to combine.
- Working very quickly, remove baking sheet from oven. Carefully transfer broccoli to baking sheet and spread into even layer, placing flat sides down. Return baking sheet to oven and roast until stalks are well browned and tender and florets are lightly browned, 9 to 11 minutes.
- Transfer to serving dish. Serve immediately with lemon wedges. Or toss with basically anything you like.
Here it is again on the plate with some de-licious lemon-glazed sweet potatoes and a simple arugula salad: