Buttered walnuts add depth of flavor to simple roasted broccoli for a healthy, easy holiday side dish.
3 pounds fresh broccoli
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup walnut halves
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 lemon, halved
How to Make It
Cut broccoli into 3" lengths; cut thick pieces in half lengthwise. Place in a roasting pan, and drizzle with olive oil; toss to coat well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast at 500° for 14 minutes, stirring once after 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, toast walnuts in melted butter in a skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until fragrant.
Spoon broccoli into a serving bowl. Squeeze cut lemon over broccoli, tossing well. Stir in walnuts and butter.
This was a nice alternative to plain steamed broccoli--nice combination of flavor and texture. Everyone enjoyed it. The only change I made was lightly pouring lemon juice over the broccoli at the end instead of using a fresh lemon.
I first found this recipe in the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook. I make it for Thanksgiving and my family fights for the last bites. It is soooo good. Even my broccoli disliker will eat this! I pretty much make it as written. The only challenge is having oven space to roast the broccoli and keeping it hot until it gets to the table. It's a keeper.
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