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Golden Baked Panko Broccoli Recipe

Golden Baked Panko Broccoli Recipe

I can't understand anyone who doesn't eat broccoli by the bushel. The wee green tree is a "miracle food," extolled for its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant virtues. So, how do we best treat treat this crowned king-of-all-vegetables? Majestically. First, it takes a lovely plunge in a pot of boiling water. Next, it gets outfitted with a zesty Parmesan, panko and thyme coating. After a short stint in a sweltering oven, the crisp, tempura-style florets are dunked in a creamy lemon dip for a splendid finish. Now, if only this noble cruciferous vegetable could do something about my crow's feet, I'd be set.

Bite Me Bit

"When I showed this to Brittany, she whimpered and thought I'd cut down a small tree where a family of gummy people lived."

-Sue Sylvester, discussing broccoli on Glee

Ingredients

5 cups broccoli florets, stems removed

1/4 cup flour
2 large eggs
3/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp lemon zest
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

Creamy Lemon Dip

1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1/8 tsp kosher salt

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat with a non-stick cooking spray.

2) Add broccoli florets to a large pot of boiling water, cooking 2 minutes over low heat. Remove and immediately plunge into a large bowl of cold water. Drain well on a kitchen cloth.

3) For the coating, place flour in a shallow bowl. In a second shallow bowl, gently whisk eggs. In a third bowl, combine panko, Parmesan, thyme, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Working with a few pieces at a time, toss broccoli in flour, shaking off excess. Coat lightly in eggs and place in panko/Parmesan mixture, pressing lightly for crumbs to adhere. Repeat with remaining broccoli and place on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle broccoli with olive oil and bake 6-8 minutes, until golden brown.

4) While the broccoli bakes, prepare the dip. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt until combined. Serve with broccoli.

Serves 4

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