Broccoli Romanesco

Romanesco Broccoli Recipe

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If you are lucky to have this precious vegetable around, do yourself a favor and grab one. You will be rewarded as you enjoy it in this delicious and straightforward Romanesco Broccoli Recipe.

We had this dish the first day we arrived in Rome. The Jewish Ghetto hosts a variety of Jewish-Roman restaurants with food to die for! Alessandro, our Roman friend, took us there so we could experience firsthand some of this community’s signature dishes and the secrets to master their cooking.

Brocoli romanesco
Brocoli romanesco

We went to a Jewish restaurant and had a variety of terrific small dishes. I loved the double deep-fried artichokes and the Broccoli Romani in Padella. We decided to reproduce the Broccoli Romanesco recipe to avoid frying artichokes and keep the waistline while still possible. Make sure to try them in your next visit to Rome. They are wonderful.

Romano broccoli and fractals

This beautiful vegetable has some characteristics that make it very interesting from a mathematical point of view: first of all, it has a shape with a fractal appearance, so it repeats itself on different scales.

romanesco broccoli
romanesco broccoli

Its florets reproduce in miniature; the shape of the largest floret and the smaller flowers is precisely the same. I find it very interesting that the number of these elements is always a number that belongs to the Fibonacci sequence, a series in which each number is the sum of the previous two.

Cooking the Romanesco Broccoli

It is crucial to avoid overcooking this beauty, otherwise, you will miss the opportunity to experiment with its texture and amaze your guests with its eye-catching color.

Steaming or boiling your broccoli? I prefer steaming.

If steaming: In a saucepan, set two fingers of water to boiling and put a metal or bamboo colander on top of the saucepan.

Place the florets on top of the colander and put a lid on top, leave them for 2 minutes.

If Boiling, put 4 cups of water to boil. When the water is bubbling with big bubbles, add the broccoli florets and take them out after 30 seconds. Just blanch them.

Your Romanesco Broccoli Recipe Ingredients

Broccoli Romanesco
Broccoli Romanesco

Check our post on steaming broccoli and cauliflower to learn how to make the best of your vegetables’ nutritional value.

Broccoli Romanesco

Romanesco Broccoli Recipe

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If you are lucky to have broccoli romanesco locally, do yourself a favor and grab one. You will be greatly rewarded with this beauty.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Brunch, Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 64 kcal

Equipment

  • Colander (or steamer)
  • Sauce Pan

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 broccoli romanesco one medium head
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin, aromatic good quality is better
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt used Himalayan pink salt here, but regular salt is OK

Optional (and recommended):

  • pepperoncino

Instructions
 

  • Clean your Romanesco broccoli under running water.
  • Cut the inside stem of the broccoli and the inside of the floret’s branches. Cut them one by one, so you keep the shapes of the florets. Broccoli Alla Romana
  • After either steaming or boiling the florets, continue by drying them.
  • Let them dry with or dry them up with a tablecloth.
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan and stir fry the chopped garlic on medium heat for 30 seconds, until golden and add the broccoli florets.
  • Add salt and pepper (or pepperoncino).
  • Serve hot!

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 146mgPotassium: 7mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Broccoli, quick, romanesco, romanesco broccoli
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Nutrition Facts
Romanesco Broccoli Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
64
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
146
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
7
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Broccoli Romanesco
Broccoli Romanesco

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