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Smashed broccoli with parmesan.

Crispy Smashed Broccoli with Parmesan

  • Author: Megan


This crispy smashed broccoli with parmesan on top is a side dish masterpiece! And it's always fun to make because there's smashing involved.


  • 2 large heads of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt, divided
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Salt a large pot of water with 2 teaspoons of salt and bring to a boil. The pot should have enough water to cover the broccoli.
  3. Once boiling, add the broccoli to the pot. Boil for 3-4 minutes, depending on the size of your broccoli. The broccoli should be tender when pierced with a fork but not cooked completely. Drain and let cool slightly.
  4. Add the broccoli to a baking sheet. Gently pat dry with paper towels or a kitchen towel.
  5. Drizzle the olive oil over the broccoli and then sprinkle the garlic powder, ½ teaspoon of salt, and black pepper on top. Toss to coat.
  6. Lay the broccoli in a single layer on a baking sheet. Using the bottom of a glass cup, smash each floret until they are about ½ inch thick or less.
  7. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on each floret.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until the parmesan is lightly browned and the broccoli is cooked.
  9. Serve immediately while warm.

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