“I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”
– George H. W. Bush
All the more for us then. Because combining sweet, caramelized broccoli with a tart lemon dressing, a few toasted walnuts and tangy goat cheese will have you reaching for a second helping. I promise
This, Mr. President, is not your mother’s broccoli.
Roasted broccoli with toasted walnuts and goat cheese
Adapted from FoodandWine.com
1 head of broccoli cut up into florets, stems peeled and chopped.
1 shallot, minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Crumbled goat cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 F.
On a baking sheet, toss the broccoli with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil until well coated. Season with a little salt and pepper and bake for about 30 minutes until slightly browned and tender.
Meanwhile make a dressing by whisking lemon juice with olive oil (roughly twice as much olive oil as lemon juice), shallots and salt and pepper (to taste).
Toss warm broccoli with the dressing, a handful of toasted walnuts and crumbled goat cheese. Enjoy.
Note: To toast walnuts, heat a small pan over medium high heat and add walnuts. Stir constantly for about five minutes.