I love roasted vegetables. I think there is no better side dish than a flavorful roasted veggie of some sort. Our favorite is broccoli. I find that roasted broccoli is the bees’ knees’ of roasted things. lol. I always have this on hand and I would go so far as to say that this is my favorite veggie…
Any who, during the summer I am always using bright flavors in my dishes. I find that using some type of citrus just adds that hint of something something to any vegetable. ( how many times can I say vegetable? 😜 😁 )
This side dish is a great go to and it is very easy and simple to make. There are not a lot of ingredients and it really stands up well to a heavier dish. I often make this when I am making a lighter dish like my spaghetti aglio e olio. The bright fresh flavor of the citrus pairs really well with the olive oil in the pasta. You can serve this however you desire.
Let’s get started…
2 heads of broccoli – cut into florets
1 tbsp or so of olive oil – I use extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper – to taste
1 clove garlic – minced or grated
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
zest of 1/2 orange
juice of 1/2 orange
- Preheat the oven to 400*.
- In a large bowl or on a lined sheet tray add your broccoli, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, zest of lemon and orange. Toss together to coat well. Place on a sheet tray or spread out on to the sheet tray.
- Bake for about 15 to 25 minutes or until the broccoli is nice and golden (slightly charred) on the outside. Remove and drizzle over the lemon juice and orange juice. Toss to coat well.
- Check for seasoning and adjust the salt and pepper if needed. Place on a serving dish and serve.
- You can omit one or the other lemon or orange if you don’t like either one. It will taste just as delicious. I prefer to add both.
- Add red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.
- Add 3 cloves of garlic ( unpeeled) instead of minced garlic and roast with the broccoli. When done simply squeeze the garlic out and gently smash with the back of a spoon and toss into the broccoli for a more defined flavor. I do this sometimes as well. It really does elevate the side dish. Just remember to discard the garlic peel, you don’t want to eat that. lol