I discovered that he is one of those friends that are full of charm and can captivate your attention in a matter of minutes. He has an interesting and rare face, but he's definitely very handsome. He is unique, vibrant and sweet; all I want to do is bring him home one and a million times.
I'm talking about Romanesco. My new friend is technically a broccoli but resembles and tastes more like a cauliflower. You may have seen it at farmer's markets and grocery stores. It looks almost like something you would see in the bottom of the ocean; like a coral. It is a beautiful green cauliflower-like vegetable, the flavor of which, when roasted, becomes sweet and nutty and just delicious!
I prepared Romanesco for dinner last night and almost ate the whole thing by myself. I wanted to eat it all but my husband also liked it, so I had to, reluctantly, share with him. My preparation was a simple and easy one - roasted in the oven with a few added ingredients. Here is the recipe:
Roasted Romanesco Broccoli
1 head of Romanesco broccoli, broken up into florets (any kind of cauliflower would work)
1 cup diced butternut squash, optional (I had this in the fridge so I used it).
6 garlic cloves, pealed
4 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 400°F. On a large baking sheet, toss all ingredients together. Spread on a single layer and bake for 30-40 minutes or until vegetables have softened and are brown in places.
Remove from oven and serve hot.
I served this to accompany rice topped with a mushroom sauce, which I thought would be the main dish. It turned out that I liked the Romanesco more than anything else on my plate.
Like a charming new friend, Romanesco won me over.
Mi Nuevo Amigo