15 November 2021

The Best Broccoli

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Over Christmas every year my family goes to an amazing Italian restaurant in Florida, and their "burnt broccoli" is so good that it's actually the reason Matteo's is one of my very favorite restaurants. I always order a family-size platter of broccoli for myself - that's how good it is! (And my family knows very well that I won't share 😂). I've been trying for years to re-create it with little success, but I've finally come close enough to it that I can't stop making this broccoli. I'll be at Matteo's in just a month or so, and it will be great to have a fresh comparison to theirs. This recipe is definitely a bit more involved than some broccoli preparations, but I promise, it's worth it. 


1 large head of broccoli
32oz chicken broth
Fresh garlic cloves, sliced
Olive oil
Garlic salt


1) Clean your head of broccoli, and cut it into smaller pieces. As show in the picture section below, you'll want to cut the pieces down the through the stalk. (This gives each piece of broccoli an entirely flat side that can lay flat in a pan to brown). 

2) Heat up the chicken broth in a pot just large enough to fit the broccoli. (If the pot is too large, you may need more than 32oz chicken broth to keep all of the broccoli submerged).

3) Once the chicken broth is hot, add the broccoli, and stir occasionally for 4 minutes over medium heat. 

4) Move pot from the stove and pour it in a colander to drain the chicken broth. Remove excess liquid from the broccoli with a paper towel (or by gently shaking the colander).

5) Heat up olive oil in an oven-safe pan wide enough to fit all of your broccoli. 

6) Once it is hot, add the broccoli (flat side down) and the fresh garlic. (Do this with long tongs to avoid any hot oil splattering on you. You can also use an oil splash guard). 

7) Pre-heat oven broiler to 500 degrees F. 

8) Let the broccoli sit at medium-high heat without moving it. (I kept an oil splash guard over it as it cooked). After 5 minutes, turn off stove and remove pan from heat.

9) Leave broccoli face side down, and spray the top sides with olive oil. Sprinkle salt, garlic salt and pepper to taste.

10) Put the pan in the oven under the broiler for 5 minutes.

11) Remove from oven, and use tongs to move broccoli from the pan to serving platter. The browned side should be face up. 

12) Sprinkle salt, garlic salt and pepper to taste on the brown side (since previously only the top side was seasoned).

13) Enjoy! 

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