Crispy Smashed Broccoli Recipe: Your New Favorite Way to Cook Broccoli by Jan Mostrom


Crispy Smashed Broccoli Recipe: Your New Favorite Way to Cook Broccoli

I love broccoli! I'm always looking for new broccoli recipes to showcase my favorite vegetable. This wonderful smashed broccoli recipe is so easy and is on the table in about 15 minutes. The broccoli is tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. You cannot go wrong with this vegetable side dish!

To make this smashed broccoli you will need broccoli florets, olive oil, salt, black pepper, grated Parmesan cheese and a balsamic glaze for drizzling. The broccoli is quickly boiled, then drained and put onto a baking sheet. Next you get to smash the broccoli until it's flat, which helps it get crispy and delicious.

Serve the low-sodium, gluten-free smashed broccoli as a side dish with any protein you enjoy, like chicken, pork, lamb, beef or seafood. These broccoli bites would also be a delicious and healthy snack between meals or a fun appetizer with a side of ranch dressing.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 8 cups bite-size broccoli florets (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze (see Recipe Notes)

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Recipe Notes

  • Balsamic glaze is thicker than balsamic vinegar. You can buy balsamic glaze at the grocery or heat 1 cup of good balsamic vinegar in a frying pan on medium and stir until it reduces to 1/4 cup.
  • Try this recipe with cauliflower or brussels sprouts.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Turn oven on to broil with the rack 6 inches from the top of the oven. Place a large saucepot filled with water on high to boil. When the water boils place the florets into the water and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Don't overcook the broccoli. It should be tender but not mushy.
  2. Drain the broccoli well and then place onto a high-sided baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Using the bottom of a sturdy glass or mason jar, flatten the broccoli. Drizzle it with olive oil, salt and pepper and place into the oven for 6 to 7 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from oven sprinkle with Parmesan. Place back into the oven and broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese is brown and melted. Place on a serving dish and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 83

Total Fat: 4.6g

Saturated Fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 2mg

Sodium: 68mg

Total Carbohydrate: 9.3g

Dietary Fiber: 3.7g

Total Sugars: 2.1g

Protein: 4.2g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 94mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 356mg

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Elisa Schmitz
What a fun recipe! Not to mention easy, nutritious and delicious. A winner all around! 🥦
Terri Kendrick
I will definitely have to try this one again!!!

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