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Broccoli Poppers

June 8, 2011

This is a recipe that is super fast and easy.  It’s great as a side dish or just to snack on!  Just pop these in the oven and put them in a bowl instead of chips?  You’re in for a treat!
Baking sheet or dish
1 head of broccoli
Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 400
Take you head of broccoli and begin cutting.  Really, the cutting is the art in this dish.  Let me show you how I do it:
I cut lengthwise.  Find a tree branch and run the knife down from that:
Continue this until you have a bunch of trees that look like this:
Then, cut the ‘trunk’ of the tree right at the base:
Oh, and don’t mind me calling these trees, come on!  I work in preschool!  What else would you call them?
Now those ‘trunks’ are edible!  DON’T THROW THEM OUT!!!  Just dice them up and put them into baking dish:

Go back to those trees:
Let’s admire the forest for a bit, shall we?
  Those trees that are bit size already, just toss those right on top of the chopped up trunks.  This one’s good:
As is this one:
Oh, these are perfect!
This one?
Not so much.  However, we just need to cut it in half:
Okay, maybe quarters:
This will not do:
Chop that sucker up into many pieces!
Once all the trees have been chopped up (huh, kind of sounds a bit like deforestation, doesn’t it?  Hope I didn’t kill off any endangered animals…oops) there will be some leftover pieces:
Just sweep those right into the dish as well:
I really don’t like to waste any of my broccoli.  I LOVE broccoli!  Every   last   bit!
Now, sprinkle some olive oil right over the top:
Add some salt, to taste, I like salt as well:
Then seasoning.  This time I used Garlic Powder…who am I kidding.  I usually use garlic powder, but you could spice it up with chili powder or anything else:
Then, gently toss to coat all the pieces:
Try to restrain yourself from snacking on that…it will be so much better out of the oven: Put into your preheated oven:
And wait for about 10 minutes.  It will look like this:
Do you see the tops of those trees:

They’re a bit brown and crunchy.  THAT’S what makes this dish worth it all!  That crunchy, infused flavor!
My Comments:
This is a very quick recipe and so delicious.  I’m not sure exactly where I first got the idea, but I pretty much read something about baking broccoli and cauliflower (which this is perfect for as well), got an idea, tossed some ingredients together, and baked!  Turned out delicious and now I can’t get enough!
What’s your favorite way to cook broccoli?
1 head of broccoli
Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 400
Chops broccoli into bite sized pieces
Toss with olive oil, salt, and seasonings
Bake for 7-10 minutes until tops of broccoli are crispy brown

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