FFWD – Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccoli

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I love, love, love vegetables!!! I love them steamed, I love them sauteéd, I love them grilled and I love them raw, but my new favorite way of cooking them is roasting them! Whatever the vegetable, roasting just brings out a nutty and exciting depth of flavor like nothing else.  That is why I opted to roast my broccoli for this recipe as opposed to simply steaming them as Dorie’s recipe suggests.

To roast: Place a single layer of your veggie on a baking sheet, add a slight drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper and you’re ready to roast them in a preheated 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. YUMMY!

The ingredients for the remainder of Dorie’s delicious dish are simple:  fresh broccoli, garlic (and plenty of it), lemon zest, bread crumbs, butter and parsley.  That’s it!!! It could not be easier or tastier than that.

These are some serious good eats and can elevate whatever vegetable you plan on serving to epic proportions.  I plan on adding this topping to roasted tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, green beans and even corn on the cob.  How good will that be? Be still my heart!

For now though, here is my completed garlicky crumb-coated broccoli dish.  I wish I could tell you that I didn’t stand by the stove and finish off almost the entire contents of the pan after dinner, but I did (and I’d do it again too)! Shhhh, that’s our little secret OK?

Sadly I’ll have to miss next week’s FFWD recipe but will definitely be back in time for the Mustard Batons and Bistro Paul Bert Pepper Steak.  My mouth is already watering just thinking about those!

For now and until later,


  1. Wasn't this a great recipe? I love your idea of roasting it too 🙂

  2. Your broccoli looks great! Love that you roasted it.

  3. I roast a lot of my veggies, but oddly I have never thought about roasting broccoli… Hmmm. Glad you enjoyed!

  4. It looks amazing, Renee! I would've stood over the stove to eat it all, too! 🙂

  5. Oooh, so good! I've never tried roasting broccoli, either. Great idea!

    I agree: these breadcrumbs would be great on nearly any veggie! Love the idea over roasted tomatoes. Oooh, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

    – Karla @ frozenplumb.com

  6. I love broccoli and I love the look of these ones. You always add your own personal touch and it always puts a nice flair on the recipe.

  7. Your dish looks delicious! We'll miss you next week!

  8. Ooooh… roasting instead of steaming/blanching. It's so going into the 'for next time' list. I ate the 'leftover' breadcrumbs by themselves. I'm seriously thinking of doing this again tonight with sweet peas.

  9. I've never roasted broccoli, but that sounds delicious – I'll have to give it a try! I also like your idea of using these bread crumbs on other veggies – especially the baked tomatoes.

  10. I love roasted broccoli. I'll have to try it that way next time!

  11. The breadcrumbs are great, aren't they? I never thought I could get addicted to breadcrumbs sprinkled on vegetables but after trying this recipe, it's so easy to be. Love your roasting technique!

  12. I will have to try it roasted. Nice idea. I ate all the leftovers too!

  13. I prefer broccoli roasted to steamed. I wish I'd thought of using the same buttery breadcrumbs and doing the usual roast. Next time I will.

  14. Oh I wish I had tried these roasted… I always steam my broccoli… I'll roast the next time around because I am definitely making this again!

  15. I join you in the enjoying a ton of it myself ….I kept getting up between posting the blog and uploading photos to stick more in my mouth 🙂 I enjoy veggies but these were addictive. And love that you roasted- I am not exactly a health nut (can't wait for those eclairs….)but I felt bad draining my water and seeing all the green vitamins and such going down the drain. This was a big hit in Nana's house too. yay !!

  16. I roast cauliflower all the time but for some reason I've never tried it with broccoli. Thanks for the idea!

  17. Roasted vegetables are wonderful – glad to hear it worked so well with this recipe. I agree that the topping needs to be tried with lots of other vegetables, too.

  18. Wow! I don't really like vegetables (remnants of childhood tortures) but if I do eat veggies…they have to be roasted! I don't tend to like them steamed or any of that nonsense. But give them to me roasted and I'm all over it! Especially roasted green beans! AND I just introduced The Hubble to asparagus last night (roasted of course) and he loved it!

    This broccoli looks great. That topping is surely an incredible addition. I can't wait to make this dish! Thanks for sharing!

  19. I just made the batons today…yum, yum, yum! I'm ready to make this broccoli again…yours looks wonderful~

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