Thursday, April 24, 2014

Crispy, Crunchy Broccoli & Asparagus

Now that spring is just about in full bloom, it is only a matter of time before the BBQs and picnics start rolling around. This simple side dish is going to be your favorite companion. Broccoli and asparagus are a match made in heaven when you toss in a little garlic and some breadcrumbs.

In order to make enough to share with 3 of your friends, your going to need:

2 heads of broccoli
1 large bunch of asparagus
1/4 cup olive oil
1 head of garlic
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Chop the asparagus into bite sized pieces and cut the stems off the broccoli. Toss together in a colander to rinse off.

Add half of the oil to a large skillet and toss in your finely chopped/minced garlic. I like my garlic to be chopped so I can really chunks of it in each bite, but feel free to mince it into a paste for a more subtle flavor.

Drop in the cleaned veggies and top with the other half of olive oil. Give everything a good stir. Lower the heat to medium and cover. Cook for 10 minutes or so with the cover on to soften up, especially the broccoli.

Remove the cover and bump up the heat. We want to get the veggies browned and slightly charred so they can be nice a crispy. Toss in the breadcrumbs and mix it around. Continue to cook so the breadcrumbs become toasted and crunchy.

Remove from the skillet into a large serving bowl. Enjoy!