I have been wanting to try this out since season 6 Top Chef winner, Michael Voltaggio, made it on the season finale a couple of weeks ago. The remaining 3 contestants were tasked with a challenge to make something inspired by their favorite childhood dish. Michael did a play on broccoli, which he said he hated as a child.
When a head of broccoli showed up in the CSA delivery last week, I knew it was time to give it a go.
A search on the internet for broccoli popcorn doesn't yield much. But it did lead me to discover a new blog - Fatal Foodies (a group of mystery writers and food lovers!) - and a post on broccoli popcorn. Rather than fried, as Michael has prepared it, the Fatal Foodies' version is baked in a super hot oven. It turned out just as I was imagining.
2 heads broccoli, cut into small florets
2-3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
sea salt & freshly ground pepper
a couple pinches of red pepper flakes
Heat oven to 500 degrees. Toss the broccoli with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl until the oil and seasonings are well distributed. Bake broccoli in a glass baking dish, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until crisp and beginning to brown.
Warning: highly addictive. By the time I finished photographing this dish, I'd eaten the whole plate!