Neon green, spiky, geometrically-intriguing Romanesco. You’ve seen it at the market, but do you know how to cook it? Romanesco, also sometimes called broccoflower, is a cultivar of cauliflower, so a member of the brassica family, along with broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale. Despite its unusual shape, it can be cooked in the same way you would cook cauliflower - raw, blanched, boiled or roasted. Pick up a head from Perilloux Produce and try this quick and easy recipe with garlic and lemon to bring out all those delicious earthy flavors, and wait for the oohs and aaahs when you bring this remarkable veggie to the table.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place florets on the parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil and crushed garlic. Mix everything around with a spatula.
Grate the lemon zest over these cruciferous beauties and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
Bake for around 20 minutes, or until tender and browned.
Serve warm, topped with more lemon zest to taste.
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