Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic
The broccoli is slowly caramelized to bring out its sweetness, then enlivened with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of crushed red pepper.
|3 tablespoons||extra-virgin olive oil|
|2 heads||of broccoli (1 1/4 pounds total), stems peeled and heads halved lengthwise|
|3||garlic cloves, thinly sliced|
|pinch of crushed red pepper|
|salt and freshly ground black pepper|
|2 tablespoons||fresh lemon juice|
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, drizzle with the lemon juice and serve.