I grew up eating a lot of broccoli, thanks mom!! But it was usually blanched (or boiled) and once in a while it was breaded and fried, yes fried!! This was not the best vegetable for anybody's waist-line, but it was really delicious and potentially the reason I always liked it.
It wasn't until recently that I started roasting vegetables more and more. There is just something very special about the natural sugars in vegetables, being extracted slowly by continuous and steady heat, that just works incredibly well. Plus it requires very little work.
The roasted broccoli paired with this simple, yet delicious, glaze works really well. You can also try this glaze with other roasted vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and broccolini. Serve it with some grilled tofu or baked fish and some rice and you have a complete meal. Make it and let me know what you think! Enjoy!
Yield: 2-3 portions as a side dish
1 large head Broccoli, or two smaller heads, cut into same size pieces
2 cloves Garlic, chopped finely
As needed Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
As needed Kosher salt
As needed Fresh ground black pepper
2 Tbsp Unsalted butter, melted
2 Tbsp Sriracha hot sauce (or your favourite hot sauce)
2 Tbsp Honey
As needed Sesame seeds, toasted, for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
While the oven is heating up, cut the broccoli into similar shape sizes. You can cut them into florets, but I don't like wasting the stems, so you can include them for this recipe. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with chopped garlic and season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven once it has reached the desired temperature.
While the broccoli is roasting. In a bowl combine melted butter (you can melt it in the microwave as you need a very small amount), Sriracha and honey. Using a spatula, incorporate all ingredients until well mixed.
Check the broccoli after 15-20 minutes and see of you need to flip. The broccoli should be ready in 25-30 minutes but it will depend on the oven and size it was cut. When broccoli is cooked through take it out of the oven.
Place broccoli in the same bowl as the glaze. Mix well, either using the spatula or using the "chicken wing method". When well coated, top with toasted sesame seeds.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
You can substitute the melted butter with melted coconut oil for a vegan version.
Try it with other roasted vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccolini, kohlrabi, romanesco, etc. or a combination of these.
Sriracha sauce can be replaced by other similar hot sauces.
Instead of honey use maple or agave syrup to change it up.