Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic

I usually don't like broccoli. However, this is one of my most favorite side dishes. It is so easy to make, and is packed with flavor. 

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 heads of broccoli (1 1/4 pounds total), stems peeled and heads halved lengthwise

1/2 cup water

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

Pinch of crushed red pepper

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. 

Add the broccoli, cut side down, cover and cook over moderate heat until richly browned on the bottom, about 8 minutes. 

Add the water, cover and cook until the broccoli is just tender and the water has evaporated, about 7 minutes. 

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with the garlic and the crushed red pepper and cook uncovered until the garlic is golden brown, about 3 minutes. 

Season the broccoli with salt and black pepper and serve.


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  1. Looks SO yummy. I love broccoli and I love garlic!! :)

    Julia @