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French Fridays with Dorie: Garlicky crumb-coated broccoli

There’s really not much to say about this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe. Garlicky crumb-coated broccoli (p 334) was a huge hit with me. All week. I made this dish at least 3 times because I found it incredibly difficult to photograph (and clearly didn’t quite “get it” after so many tries!).  Normally I would serve this as a side dish with some meat but Neil was out all week and I don’t generally cook for myself when he’s not there.  I ate this mixed in with some pasta, on top of rice and as a snack. It’s pretty versatile.

As Dorie herself says, “rolling broccoli around in some buttery breadcrumbs flavoured with garlic, lemon and herbs is [...] transformative.” Had I been introduced to broccoli with this recipe, I might have been a fan much earlier in my life. It really is that good :-)

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70 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Garlicky crumb-coated broccoli

  1. Adriana April 8, 2011 at 06:23 #

    Mardi, these are beautiful! I loved these breadcrumbs so much I’m thinking of using them with other preparations.

  2. Liz April 8, 2011 at 06:26 #

    SO glad you got some lovely photos…I just sprinkled my crumbs b/c I feared the same problem!!!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet April 8, 2011 at 06:48 #

    What pretty broccoli! I could even eat this and I am not a broccoli fan.

  4. Paula April 8, 2011 at 07:22 #

    I love broccoli and I think I’m going to love it even more served this way.

  5. Mr. Neil April 8, 2011 at 08:58 #

    A nice New World warm climate (= slightly buttery, not too oaked) Chardonnary would pair nicely. Australia and California come to mind.

  6. Rochelle April 8, 2011 at 09:01 #

    I need to try this version of broccoli! I like broccoli in just about any and every way possible, but the boys here are more picky (by a ton). I think I might be able to convert them over to broccoli eaters with this recipe :D

  7. Happy When Not Hungry April 8, 2011 at 09:16 #

    This broccoli looks awesome! I’m always looking for new ways to make veggies. Nice job!

  8. Joan Nova April 8, 2011 at 09:30 #

    Looks delicious and it photographed well. I liked that you shaved the stems. I eat broccoli and pasta all the time!

  9. RavieNomNoms April 8, 2011 at 09:45 #

    ooooo I just loooove this idea!

  10. penny aka jeroxie April 8, 2011 at 09:49 #

    looks yummy and crunchy… nom nom

  11. Parsley Sage April 8, 2011 at 09:54 #

    Ooooh! I’m not a fan of broccoli but I do absolutely love garlic! Maybe this is a good way to introduce this vitamin packed veg into my dinner rotation :) Thanks for sharing!

  12. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 8, 2011 at 09:59 #

    Oh wow! I already love broccoli with a passion but these are like heaven!

  13. Annie April 8, 2011 at 10:08 #

    Really difficult to photograph, but your looks lovely! This recipe has put new life into a fav vegetable.

  14. Cher April 8, 2011 at 12:39 #

    Glad you were finally able to the “beauty shot”. Great persistence on it!

  15. pachecopatty April 8, 2011 at 12:47 #

    I think you did a nice job with the photo, it looks beautiful:-)

  16. Beth (OMG! Yummy) April 8, 2011 at 16:13 #

    Mardi – I may skip this week’s recipe but not for lack of wanting to try it. I was having a hard time imagining how to cut the broccoli – I think her recipe said into six stalks – that seemed unusual – but perhaps she intended them to be served as one large piece. Anyhow – I pictured them more like you show them. Glad to hear it’s a great recipe because our family is a bit tired of my usual simple approach to preparing broccoli. But we do love the vegetable. Congrats on having the determination to keep trying on the photo. I think you did a great job.

  17. Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup! April 8, 2011 at 16:16 #

    I knew you would come up with beautiful photos ;-)

  18. Kate@Diethood April 8, 2011 at 16:39 #

    Oh good, I am not the only one in the ‘I could not photograph this broccoli’ category. :)
    But, you obviously got it to work for you… the photos look amazing!

  19. Saeng April 8, 2011 at 16:46 #

    The broccoli looks delicious! You always make the photo looks so good and make me so hungry just to look at it!

  20. K A B L O O E Y April 8, 2011 at 17:02 #

    Since we like broccoli in most any guise, or even naked, I expect this would be a winner at our house!

    • Mr. Neil April 8, 2011 at 18:38 #

      I’ve never eaten broccoli whilst unencumbered by clothes – add a different taste, does it? ;-)

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite April 12, 2011 at 21:27 #

      :-D Oh la la!

  21. Magic of Spice April 8, 2011 at 18:36 #

    I never know broccoli could be so gorgeous, love these…and the photos are stunning!

  22. StephIrey April 8, 2011 at 18:51 #

    Well, even with such a difficult subject…you managed to come up with interesting shots. I really love how the breadcrumbs “pop” on your spears. Can’t wait to make (and eat) these on Sunday!

  23. Christina April 8, 2011 at 19:16 #

    I like the way you put the broccoli on center stage in the spotlight. Your photos came out great!

  24. kitchenarian April 8, 2011 at 19:20 #

    I think we would all agree: difficult to photograph, BUT delicious to eat!

  25. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen April 8, 2011 at 19:59 #

    It’s so hard to make a plate of broccoli look enticing but you’ve managed to do a great job here! And if I had 3 tries at making this, I still wouldn’t have coated my broccoli as thoroughly as you did, right down to the stalks!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite April 12, 2011 at 21:25 #

      Oh I was pushing those babies into the breadcrumbs to make it stick and look pretty, believe me!

  26. Mary April 8, 2011 at 21:03 #

    I love that you made it three times to get it just right :). True blogger dedication. I am excited for the royal wedding too. Great idea.

  27. Betsy April 8, 2011 at 21:52 #

    I think your final photo was a success. I think the buttery breadcrumbs make this broccoli irresistible.

  28. Laurie April 8, 2011 at 22:30 #

    Wow, I think you did a fabulous job photographing this.

  29. Carolyn Jung April 8, 2011 at 23:30 #

    Oooh, now this is my idea of finger food. Yum!

  30. amelia from z tasty life April 8, 2011 at 23:35 #

    m-m-m, these will be my lunch side tomorrow!!!
    BTW, i think they came out well in the photo!

  31. QuincesandthePea April 9, 2011 at 10:26 #

    Oh wow I love broccoli so much – these look amazing!

  32. Tricia S. April 9, 2011 at 12:20 #

    Nana and I both REALLY enjoyed this dish …..as did our families. I was chuckling because it was a bit hard to photograph – though this was in large part due to my family chowing it down ! Your photos turned out amazing. This one is now at the top of my repeat list. A phenomenal FFriday.

  33. KY April 9, 2011 at 15:58 #

    You got some really nice ‘artsy’ photos of the broccoli, well done! :)

  34. Charissa April 9, 2011 at 16:17 #

    This looks really gourmet. Even kid friendly! I’m needing to try these!

  35. Yuri April 9, 2011 at 16:55 #

    Great photos, Mardi!

  36. Ethan April 9, 2011 at 22:12 #

    Well, practice makes perfect because those pictures come out wonderful. The brocoli looks rustic and classy and crunchy enough to enjoy a plateful!

  37. Conor @ Hold the Beef April 10, 2011 at 09:35 #

    I think this transforms them from “little trees” to “little flowers” :)

    I’m afraid when I get to the stage in my diet when I can test out broccoli that it will have a bad reaction. I love those little trees. Or flowers.

  38. Anna Johnston April 11, 2011 at 06:57 #

    Well., I think you nailed these pics, they look wonderful. I have only had these once & I loved them., thanks for the reminder :)

  39. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction April 13, 2011 at 15:20 #

    This looks like an AMAZING way to eat broccoli!

  40. The Mistress of Spices July 25, 2011 at 11:21 #

    I finally broke down and ordered AMFT last week…resistance was futile! I can’t wait to make this and so many of the other Dorie recipes that you and others have shared. I’ll surely join along for FFWD too!

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