By Carl Hanson

Flash-blasting is a super-quick, high-heat preparation that cooks broccoli extra quick and coaxes out delicious caramelized flavors. It may be the best way to cook broccoli!

WARNING: The moment this blasted broccoli is cool enough to touch, you will stand at the kitchen counter eating it out of hand like a snack. No getting around it. It's just too tasty. So make lots.

Flash-Blasted Broccoli: The Technique

  1. Preheat the oven to 500F. Place a baking sheet in the oven so the broccoli sizzles when it hits the sheet.
  2. After washing the broccoli, dry it as much as possible so the florets brown instead of steam.
  3. Cut the broccoli into florets. And go deep down the stems, cutting the stems into rounds.
  4. Stir up the broccoli with a splash of olive oil and some salt. Enough for a light coating, but you don't want the florets drenched and dripping with oil.
  5. Drop the broccoli onto the searing-hot sheet and cook at 500F for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, turn the broccoli, and cook for another 5 minutes or so, until the florets are beautifully browned in places and crunchy.

This flash-blasting method also works for cauliflower, asparagus, and carrots.

The technique's also spelled out in this recipe for...

1. Flash-Blasted Broccoli and Feta Pasta

"The quick, high-temperature cooking method for the broccoli gives it a deep, earthy flavor," says Senoritapupnstuff. "The broccoli combines with onions, garlic, feta cheese, white wine, and a splash of lemon."

Photo by Meredith

Save it to your Allrecipes Recipe Box, and use the technique for a bunch of broccoli recipes, like these:

2. Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews

"This sauce is the best, and I would use it on all sorts of vegetable or even chicken," says Sola. "I had some leftover sauce that I'm going to eat it on some vegetables today."

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

3. Restaurant-Style Beef and Broccoli

"Perfect recipe!" raves rhondam. "I've made it many times and it always turns out 'restaurant quality.'"

Photo by cdub

4. Broccoli Garlic Angel Hair Pasta

"This is a great way to eat your broccoli," says Chef John. "A beautiful side dish of broccoli and angel hair pasta with red pepper flakes is so delicious and so aromatic."

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

5. Italian Sausage with Farfalle and Broccoli Rabe

"A beautiful two pan entree that'll please anyone who likes Italian sausage," says Bakerette87. "Delicious with cheesy garlic bread and a sparkling white wine."

Photo by TTV78

6. Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli

"The texture of roasted broccoli is so much better than steamed or boiled," says Elisabeth. "Wonderful recipe!"

Photo by TTV78

7. Broccoli Mango Salad

"This is absolutely delicious," says justlovecooking. "What a great flavor combination. I think the dressing is a great addition to any salad. The mango just adds the perfect balance that the oranges alone wouldn't do."

Photo by CCLoves2Bake

Here's a little cheat-sheet for the visual people.

Flash-Blasting Veggies

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