• Love Your Veggies! DIY Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic
Love Your Veggies! DIY Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic

Chef David Gingrass swears broccoli haters will love the polarizing green vegetable when it's prepared this way, because it is slowly caramelized to bring out its sweetness, then enlivened with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of crushed red pepper.

This verdant vegetable is a powerhouse of nutrients. It's reputed to benefit digestion, the cardiovascular system and the immune system, and to have anti-inflammatory and even cancer-preventing properties. Plus, broccoli is low in sodium and calories, at about 31 calories per serving! What are you waiting for? Get cooking!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 heads of broccoli (1 1/4 pounds total), stems peeled and heads halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. In a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
  2. Add the broccoli, cut side down, cover and cook over moderate heat until richly browned on the bottom, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the water, cover and cook until the broccoli is just tender and the water has evaporated, about 7 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with the garlic and the crushed red pepper and cook uncovered until the garlic is golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  5. Season the broccoli with salt and black pepper, drizzle with the lemon juice and serve.

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