The great broccoli recipe roundup

Last week I confessed that I don’t like broccoli. Some of you were astounded. Others quietly agreed that it wasn’t their favorite vegetable either.

So I challenged you to send me your tried-and-true broccoli recipes in that hopes that someone could make the ‘icky green’ palatable to me.

I received a half-dozen recipes or so, via comments on the blog and Facebook. Some weren’t recipes, per se, just a suggestion to add lemon juice to steamed crowns or roast with a bit of balsamic vinegar. At least one wasn’t quite ‘clean’ enough for my kitchen (as a rule, I don’t add mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, sugar or sugar substitutes to my veggies).

Thanks to all who responded and please, if you still have a recipe that you think I should try, go ahead and pass it on!

I was left with three recipes that I thought I might be able to stomach (I know, high praise!). Two of which I was able to eat the entire serving of and one which I’m planning to make again tonight. Definitely a winner!

I promised pictures and recipes, with credits back to the original ‘authors’. In true Letterman style, here they are.

3) Oven roasted broccoli with panko and olive oil (I forgot to take a picture of this one; imagine roast broccoli with panko on it!). Originally published here and passed on to me by Lisa.

While I’m usually a lover of roasted veggies, I wasn’t enamored with the panko coating. My hubby liked it and my boys were willing to try, but sad to say, it just wasn’t my thing.

2) Spinach, broccoli and goat cheese on home made pizza dough. Sent in by my friend (and favorite hair stylist!) Tracey.

“Lightly brush olive oil on pizza base top with greens and goat cheese and a bit of grated parmesan cheese .. bake 375 for 35 min…You will be a broccoli lover”

I made this on ‘pizza’ night. The kids had their usual cheese and pepperoni (and for my picky eater, cheese, no sauce and more cheese). I reduced the broccoli crowns to very small pieces and drizzled a bit of extra olive oil over the whole thing to make sure it didn’t dry out.

Two thumbs up! I will definitely make this one again (but with a side of protein so I don’t eat too many starchy carbs in one sitting!).

And the winner is (drum roll please)….

3) Sesame roast broccoli, with ginger and garlic. Posted on Facebook by Cathy (I edited the recipe and added mushrooms and onions, just to make sure there would be a vegetable for me in the event that I didn’t like the broccoli cooked like this. I also left the stalks out. Baby steps, please!)

2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp (15mL) sesame oil
1 inch (2.5cm) piece of ginger, peeled and minced
1/2 tsp (2mL) sea salt
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 bunch broccoli (about 1lb or 450g), cut into bite-sized pieces, stalks kept separate from florets
1 Tbsp (15mL) sesame seeds, toasted briefly to bring out the flavour

Toss first five ingredients together in a large bowl. Add broccoli stalk pieces and toss to coat. Put into a shallow roasting pan. Place in a 400°F oven for about 5 minutes. Then add the florets, tossing to coat again, and cook for an additional 15 minutes, or so, until the broccoli is suitably tender. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Super-de-duper! I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day and am planning on serving it again tonight with baked salmon. Thanks so much Cathy!

For all of you readers who seconded my dislike of broccoli, I challenge you to try these recipes and see if you don’t find one that lets you reap the benefits of this strange vegetable!

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  1. I’m going to (tenatively) suggest broccoli mac n’ cheese. I find that pairing any hated foods with cheese is usually a winner and this is pretty damn good comfort food.

    Just make mac n’ cheese as normal while steaming the broccoli for about 5 minutes. Add it to the mix before baking the whole thing for about 30 minutes. Sorry I can’t be more detailed – one day, when I finally get organised, I’ll post it on my blog!

    Good luck finding that broccoli sweet spot!

    • This might work for my kids, but I don’t eat pasta (I know, I’m so picky!). But you’re right, cheese goes a long way towards covering up offensive flavors!

  2. So glad that you enjoyed it Tamara … it must be a good recipe now that I have two non-broccoli eaters enjoying it! I’m downtown and just about to start studying for a final exam tomorrow. I took on a 12 week BCIT course compressed into 6 weeks as a way of accomplishing one of my 2012 goals. I’ve had classes from 9-4 on Sundays and homework each evening … however after tomorrow I’ll be enjoying a more balanced life and I’ll move fitness back closer to the top of the list!

  3. I absolutely love broccoli now, but I remember the days when I absolutely hated it! It is my dad’s favorite vegetable and when I was growing up, I always dreaded the days when it was my dad’s turn to make dinner because I knew he was going to make broccoli!

  4. These are great! I do love broccoli, so I’ll give these a try to mix up my usual boring roasted broccoli routine. PS that commercial is faaaabulous.

  5. I have broccoli that need to finish up. Thank you for the recipes. That pizza looks nom nom. With a salad.. ya, that will work tonight. 😉

  6. Oh goodness these all look so delicious. Broccoli is one of my favorites but sometimes get bored of the same old way of preparing it. Thanks so much for sharing! I am definitely going to be trying them all.

  7. Cool idea to let your readers help you overcome your broc aversion! I’d go with the pizza out of those 3. I LOVE roasted broc, but don’t think I’d like it coated in panko. Prob b/c I love broc in all its purest forms 🙂


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