Romanesco broccoli might be best described as regular broccoli’s tastier cousin. If you come across this gorgeous (and kind of scary looking) vegetable at a farmers market or your favorite grocery store, you need to buy it.
Romanesco broccoli is kind of like a cross between a cauliflower and broccoli but tastes way better than both. Romanesco broccoli can also double as a math lesson in fractals.
Fractals are things in nature that have a continuous repeating pattern at different scales. Do you notice how this broccoli repeats and repeats and repeats from the tiny little florets to the larger crown?
After you have a fun math lesson with your kids – or your friends – cook this!!
We cooked ours with garlic, olive oil and salt. LOTS of garlic! Saute the sliced garlic in olive oil and salt until the garlic starts to caramelize. Cut the romanesco broccoli into manageable bite-sized pieces. Use everything! The leaves will cook up wonderfully. Add the florets and stems and leaves to the garlic, olive oil, and salt. Cook until the edge just start to brown.
To make a “complete” and easy meal, we cooked up some gluten-free gnocchi. If you’ve got gnocchi, cook it briefly. We cooked ours for just about 3 minutes and then drained it and added it to my hot pan with garlicky florets of broccoli romanesco and gently tossed the doughy gnocchi with the romanesco broccoli. DELICIOUS! Enjoy!
What was the last fun (or ugly!!) vegetable you brought home?