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Crispy Curry Roasted Broccoflower

Curry flavored, crispy roasted broccoflower bites are a cross between broccoli and cauliflower and make for a fun way to jazz up your typical side dish.

Internet, meet the broccoflower.

I’m going to assume your reaction is similar to mine at the grocery store and somewhere along the lines of “what in hell is that?!”

At least that’s what I’m hoping for otherwise it’s official that I live under some rock having never seen this stegosaurus looking vegetable before.

Curry flavored, crispy roasted broccoflower bites are a cross between broccoli and cauliflower.

You can’t see a spiky, almost fluorescent green, new to you vegetable in the store for $1.49 and not pick it up, right?

I actually grabbed this then ran around looking for Ulysses like a kid in a toy store seeking parental approval.

Funny, he wasn’t nearly as excited about my find as I was.

Now humor me and tell me those spikes remind you of the back of a stegosaurus because that’s all I could think about the entire time I was cutting this thing up.

That and trying to remember how long ago it was since Jurassic Park came out (1993 in case you’re wondering, I was 11).

Broccoflower is a mix between broccoli and cauliflower and turns into an easy dinner side dish when roasted.

And then since my mind was on dinosaurs, I started thinking about the paleo diet (get it? dinosaurs…paleolithic era…paleo diet..stay with me now) and wondering if broccoflower existed back then.

Wouldn’t you like to spend a day in my head?

It’s a good time.

Crispy Curry Roasted Broccoflower is fun way to change up your side dish routine.

WHAT IS BROCCOFLOWER?

Besides its funky appearance, broccoflower pretty much acts, smells and tastes exactly like the offspring of broccoli and cauliflower.

Technically, this vegetable is called romanesco or broccoli romanesco.

I actually have this delicious simply roasted romanesco recipe as well if you’re not into the curry flavors of this dish.

But, it also goes by the common name of broccoflower. Which I’m choosing as my preferred name today because I think it’s the most fun!

And to make things even more confusing, those lime green cauliflower you may have seen before…well, they’re a type of broccoflower too.

This version, however, with the sort of pine tree looking florets is the one referred to as Romanesco broccoli.

WHAT DOES BROCCOFLOWER TASTE LIKE?

As you’d probably expect, taste-wise, it’s a dead cross between broccoli and cauliflower. A little milder in flavor than each.

That said, you can treat it just like you would either of those vegetables.

And since roasting is my favorite way to enjoy broccoli and cauliflower most of the time, I figured that’s the way I’d go here with this roasted broccoflower recipe.

Except sassed up with some Indian flava.

Crispy and crunchy roasted broccoflower is seasoned with curry spices for a delicious side dish recipe.

Ohh, speaking of…you should totally make this sweet and spicy Indian chicken to go with this! And if you’re feeling ambitious, make a whole meal out of it with this curry cauliflower rice too. All the flavors in these three dishes meld together perfectly!

When we lived in Florida we had Indian neighbors a few houses down from us.

We’d take walks pretty much nightly since we had a puppy Weimaraner at the time who had the energy levels of the energizer bunny and we’d walk past the Indian neighbors house to literally smell the curry seeping out onto the street through closed windows and doors.

That stuff tastes delicious but man, does it linnnnnger.

Point of that little side story?

My house still smells like curry after 24 hours and I only used 1/4 teaspoon of the stuff.

Proceed with caution.

Try broccoflower roasted with curry spices in a crunchy breadcrumb coating.

But definitely do it anyway because these mini stegosaurus ridges will make your mouth happy in a crispy, crunchy, curry kind of way.

Glad to have met you, broccoflower.

I see many more roasted broccoflower meals with you in the future!

Crispy Curry Roasted Broccoflower

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Crispy Curry Roasted Broccoflower

Crispy Curry Roasted Broccoflower

Yield: 3-4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Curry flavored, crispy roasted broccoflower bites are a cross between broccoli and cauliflower and make for a fun way to jazz up your typical side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of broccoflower cut into small florets (can substitute regular broccoli or cauliflower)
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease.
  3. Combine dry ingredients into a shallow bowl.
  4. Combine egg and milk in a small bowl and whisk together.
  5. Dip florets first into the egg mixture, coating well and then into the breadcrumb mixture in batches.
  6. Spread out on baking sheet.
  7. Roast for 25-30 minutes, tossing once.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 209mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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Kate

Monday 7th of March 2022

I always call it Romanesco! Such a great vegetable. I love your curry roasted version. yum!

Tayler Ross

Monday 7th of March 2022

I made this broccoflower with dinner last night and it was the perfect side dish! Already can't wait to make it again!

Louise

Monday 7th of March 2022

I love these, we call them romanesco broccoli, i've not heard them called broccoflower. So cute! This was such a yummy way to use a very pretty vegetable.

Lisalia

Thursday 26th of August 2021

I've never tried broccoflower before. I'll definitely have to look out for it. But instead I used broccoli and cauli. The curry flavor went so well with this staple veggie. A new favorite for us for sure!

Petro

Thursday 26th of August 2021

Oh, you're not the only one, never seen this type of veggie! But now I'm intrigued and will be looking for broccoflower in all grocery stores! Because your recipe sounds so delicious, I'll have to give it a try!

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