Friday, March 31, 2023

How to Make Crack Broccoli

Crack Broccoli is easy to make and delicious that even children will ask for seconds. Only if all great side dishes were like this. Crunchy, slightly sweet broccoli is roasted to a crisp golden brown and coated with tangy, fragrant spices and lemon flavors along with toasted almonds and sharp parmesan cheese it’s just the best combination. I bet you’ll agree…I see you cracking a smile. 😉


  • 1/3 cup olive oil, not extra virgin
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ranch seasoning, dry powder
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 pounds broccoli crowns, washed and chopped or florets picked apart
  • 1/4 cup almonds, raw and sliced
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated


Step 1 -Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F, or to 475 degrees F for crispier broccoli.

Step 2 -In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, ranch seasoning, and garlic.

Step 3 -Add the broccoli and toss to coat.

Step 4 -Spread the broccoli onto a large rimmed baking sheet.

Step 5 -Roast for 10-12 minutes.

Step 6 -Flip the broccoli and add the almond slices to the sheet.

Step 7 -Roast until the broccoli reaches desired tenderness, about 5-10 minutes. Keep a close eye on the almonds, as they can burn quickly.

Step 8 -Transfer the broccoli and almonds to a plate.

Step 9 -Sprinkle with parmesan.

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