Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans is topped with a crunchy, garlicky topping before roasting in the oven for a delicious, addictive side dish!
With Thanksgiving only a few short days away, I realize that it’s a little late in the game for another side dish recipe. However, the good news is that this Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans would also make a fabulous addition to your Christmas or Hanukkah or New Year’s menu! Or — despite the fact that it seems a little on the fancy side — it’s honestly so effortless and simple that it would be an excellent way to convince the kiddos to eat their veggies on a regular ol’ weeknight.
I am completely serious when I say that I could eat a whole pan of roasted broccoli by myself. As in, pick-it-straight-off-the-pan-with-my-fingers-and-almost-burn-myself-in-the-process eat a whole pan. Roasting does something magical to vegetables in general, but broccoli in particular is transformed to gloriousness by a good stint in a very hot oven. The stalks get tender and the tops get slightly charred and crispy and the flavor becomes mellow with a slightly sweet undertone. Mmm-mmm-MMMM!
Furthermore, roasted broccoli is delicious with a simple treatment of olive oil, salt, and pepper. But add a bit of grated cheese — or better yet — a topping of Parmesan cheese, panko bread crumbs, and chopped pecans! Oh. My. Word. After you burn your fingers because you can’t stop eating the broccoli straight out of the oven, you might also burn your tongue when you can’t resist licking the renegade topping from the pan.
And have I mentioned that the scrumptious topping also includes a couple cloves of finely minced garlic? Garlic didn’t really fit the alliterative P theme that I had going, so I didn’t include it in the title. But you better believe it’s there, and it adds even more flavor and kick to the already-addictive topping.
So have I convinced you to give this Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans a whirl? It’ll turn a broccoli-phobe into a broccoli-phile…and it’ll be the most popular side dish on the holiday (or ordinary-weeknight-dinner) table! 🙂
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