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Roasted Broccoli with Nuts and Bread Crumbs

oven roasted broccoli
Oven Roasted nutty Broccoli florets and tender stems with bread crumbs.

Ingredients:
Broccoli - about 400 gms
Walnuts/Akrot - 1 tbsp
Pistachios/Pista - 1 tbsp
Bread Crumbs - about 3 tbsp
Garlic - 2 big cloves
Olive Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
Black Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cayenne Pepper/Red Chilli Flakes - 1/4 tsp
Salt

How to oven roast Broccoli:
1. Dice the broccoli florets into bite size pieces.  Peel the skin of the tender broccoli stems and cut it into bite size pieces.  Soak both florets and stems in hot water with little salt for about 5 minutes.  Discard the water and wash them once again.  Drain the water completely.
2. Roughly dice walnuts and pistachios.  You can use any other nuts like almonds/badam, cashews/kaju, pecans etc.  Finely chop garlic.
3. Blend 1 slice of whole wheat bread in a blender till crumbs are formed.  You can use store brought bread crumbs or panko (Japanese bread crumbs).
4. In a mixing bowl, add olive oil, salt, black pepper powder, cayenne pepper, chopped garlic and mix well.  Add broccoli and toss them well.  You can add lemon zest/peel, orange zest/peel or any other spice mix.  Add more olive oil if you like.  You can also use butter if you like.
5. Preheat the oven at 400 deg. F.  Line a baking tray with aluminium foil.  Spread the broccoli florets evenly on the tray.  Sprinkle bread crumbs and chopped nuts on the broccoli.  Bake them for 7 - 8 minutes.  Toss them and cook for another 8 - 10 minutes or till broccoli is cooked as per your choice.
6. Enjoy crunchy and nutty Broccoli as an appetizer or serve as a side dish.

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