If you've only been eating plain, steamed broccoli, you're missing out. There are many ways to prepare this tender ingredient that will make you forget that you're actually eating your vegetables. Chef Charlie Parker of Alfred's Steakhouse in San Francisco loves to grill his broccoli over an open flame: "It gives food so much flavor without the need for butter." If flames aren't your thing, F&W's guide also has ideas for broccoli salads, slaws, soups, casseroles and more.

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Roasted Sheet Pan Broccoli with Pickled Pepper Vinaigrette
Tossing broccoli pieces with oil, salt, and pimentón (Spanish paprika), then roasting them on a preheated baking sheet in a super-hot oven coaxes out the vegetable's sweet side as the florets crisp and the stems turn meaty and tender. A punchy pickled pepper vinaigrette and shavings of Parmesan cheese transform the roasted broccoli into a satisfying and substantial side dish, delicious spooned over steamed whole grains, or served alongside a juicy steak.
Roasted Broccoli Steaks with Tomato Butter and Tapenade
Rating: Unrated 2
At his Philadelphia restaurant, Chef Greg Vernick treats broccoli like a steak, roasting it at a high temperature on a preheated pan to achieve a lightly charred crust. Cooked on the same pan, umami-packed tomatoes blend up into a super-quick sauce enriched with just the right amount of butter.
Broccoli with Preserved Lemon Yogurt
Rating: Unrated 3
To make broccoli special, chef Laurent Tourondel cuts it into steaks and roasts it in the oven, then serves it with a cool and tangy yogurt sauce.   Slideshow:  More Broccoli Recipes 
Quinoa Broccoli-Cheddar Gratin
Rating: Unrated 2
In this healthier version of the classic broccoli casserole pre-cooked quinoa gets tossed with egg, cheddar cheese and broccoli florets and baked in the oven until the cheese is beautifully browned and bubbly. Slideshow: More Broccoli Recipes 
Shaved Broccoli and Fennel Salad with Goat Cheese
The combination of creamy goat cheese, fresh herbs, thin and crunchy vegetables with rich olive oil, lemon, and a little salt is addictive. If you have a mandoline, it's great to use it here. Slideshow: More Broccoli Recipes 
Charred Broccoli with Blue Cheese Dressing and Spiced Crispies
Chicago chef Stephanie Izard amps up broccoli with a punchy vinaigrette, creamy blue cheese dressing and an irresistibly crunchy, butter-toasted Rice Krispies topping. Slideshow: More Broccoli Recipes 

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28 Tasty Broccoli Recipes to Try
Whether you're looking for a way to use up broccoli stems or want to quickly roast some florets, these broccoli dishes have got you covered. For a main course, try Greg Vernick's roasted broccoli steaks, served with tapenade and a homemade tomato butter. Broccoli makes for a delicious soup, too—Justin Chapple's version, topped with crispy broccoli florets and croutons, is especially satisfying. Read on for even more broccoli recipe ideas.