Definitely have an adult around to help you with this recipe: it calls for high heat and a hot pan. But it’s totally worth it! The broccoli gets browned and delicious, and everybody loves it. Even the haters.
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Large rimmed baking sheet
- Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position. Put the baking sheet on the rack. Turn the oven on and set the heat to 500 degrees.
- Peel the broccoli stalks as best you can. The thick peel will keep the broccoli from becoming fully tender, so you want to remove as much as you can.
- Cut the stalk off of the broccoli, and slice it into long, 1⁄2-inch thick pieces. Cut the rest of the broccoli into long, fairly narrow florets (“florets” are the branched clusters at the top of the broccoli) then put it all in a bowl, drizzle it with the oil, and toss well until evenly coated. Sprinkle with the salt, and toss to combine.
- Working quickly and carefully, use the pot holder to remove the baking sheet from the oven. Carefully transfer the broccoli to the baking sheet and use the spatula to spread it in an even layer.
- Return the baking sheet to the oven and roast until the stalks are well browned and tender and the florets are lightly browned, 9 to 11 minutes. Serve immediately with the lemon wedges.