I suppose it’s a cliche to say that not everyone likes to eat broccoli. Unless it’s smothered in melted cheese ~ which isn’t a bad thing by any means ~ sometimes this vegetable can be a challenge to make into deliciousness.
A great way to get your broccoli is to mix it in with other, less fibrous vegetables but what else can we do? Well, I’ve tried roasting vegetables in general with some maple syrup or honey and they always turn out yummy. So I decided to experiment with a half honey steam-bath and half roasting technique.
After cutting up 2 heads of broccoli into small florets I made a honey steam bath by combining the following in a mason jar and shaking it up until well blended:
- 2 tablespoons honey dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
- about 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence
- pinch each s&p
I covered a lined baking sheet with a large piece of tin foil and placed the florets in the center, then poured the honey mixture over them. With my hands I tossed this all together to coat everything evenly, then made a neat little foil packet to keep the steam in.
This goes into a 375F oven for about 30 minutes, at which time I take it out and open up the packet. After giving it a stir and a taste I might add a bit more s&p if I’m in the mood, and maybe a drizzle more olive oil or lemon juice.
Then it’s back into the oven ~ foil open this time so the water can evaporate and the broccoli can get a nice char on it. If you like your broccoli with some crunch, only go another 15 minutes or so. I like it soft so they stay in for about another 30 minutes.
Sweet honey, tangy lemon and a dash of herbs all combine well to make these florets tasty enough to just pop in your mouth and enjoy. They’re great with a salad or antipasto ~ would they be good with some cheese melted on top? Absolutely!