Friday, January 18, 2013

Roasted Sweet Baby Broccolli

Sweet Baby Broccoli (also known as Broccolini) and Broccoli Rabe look very similar but each have their own distinctive flavor.  Baby Broccoli is sweet in taste whereas Broccoli Rabe has a bitter taste so don’t get the two confused or you will be disappointed if you buy Broccoli Rabe expecting a sweet flavor.

Actually I don’t really like Broccoli Rabe, though I’ve never cooked it myself … its just too bitter, to me … maybe I just haven’t had it cooked the right way.  On the other hand, I had never seen Sweet Baby Broccoli until recently on a shopping trip to Super Target … I just love their produce department and they have the largest selection of organic fruits and veggies, at least for my area of Metro Atlanta.  Hope you can find it in a store near you!
Roasted Sweet Baby Broccoli

1 lb Fresh Sweet Baby Broccoli
2 Tblsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove, sliced
Sea Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper, to taste

Heat oven to 425°.  Wash your Broccoli and dry it really well then place in a large mixing bowl.  Add the EVOO, Garlic, Salt and Pepper and toss gently.  Place the Broccoli on a large baking sheet, preferably one with a lip so that the oil doesn’t roll off the sides while the Broccoli is cooking.  Cook for about 12 minutes … at least that’s how long my oven took.  If it’s not done enough for you, cook a little longer but be careful not to burn it.  As with most veggies, I love mine a bit crunchy, not soggy or overcooked.
Before Roasting

Perfectly Roasted and Ready to Eat!


  1. Thanks Debbie, Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies and can eat it anyway.....but roasted is the best. Can't wait to try it!