Rating: 4.33 stars
3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 1
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Because of this vegetable's bizarre and unusual appearance, this is the kind of thing people pass over in the market, mostly because they're confused by it and don't know what to do with it, but this recipe shows exactly what to do with it. If you do what I do, you'll be enjoying one of the most delicious vegetables you'll ever have. Serve drizzled with more olive oil or garlic aioli.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Drizzle olive oil into a roasting pan or baking dish.

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  • Cut Romanesco into quarters, being sure to cut directly through the thick center core, so that they stay together when roasted. Set aside until needed.

  • Add anchovies and 3 tablespoons olive oil to a large mixing bowl and use the back of a fork to mash the anchovies into a paste. Add red pepper flakes and lemon juice and stir with a fork to combine.

  • Toss Romanesco in the dressing until the pieces are thoroughly coated. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and 1/2 of the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and toss until evenly coated.

  • Transfer Romanesco into the prepared pan, cut side-down. Scrape all cheese and crumbs from the mixing bowl and scatter over the top. Grate the remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano to cover the tops and lightly drizzle with olive oil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is browned and the Romanesco is tender, as tested with the tip of a knife in the cores, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately with fresh lemon wedges.

Chef's Notes:

Mash the anchovy filets down to your desired consistency.

Finely crushed garlic can be added to the anchovy and lemon mixture if so desired.

Nutrition Facts

125 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 10.7g; fat 8.4g; cholesterol 5.7mg; sodium 181.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (2)

3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2021
This was divine. It is the first time my husband and I made romanesco, and we were shocked at how delicious it was. We will definitely be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/03/2020
I love romanesco and it's a regular cast in my summer cooking! I always welcome new ideas to prepare it but I'm in two minds about this recipe. The flavor profile is great. I might cut back the lemon a bit next time but the combination of anchovis, parmesan, red pepper flakes and lemony freshness works really good with romanesco. But I don't think cutting a whole head of romanesco in quarters is the best way to cook it in the oven. The stem needs a lot longer than the florets to cook through and in the end the whole dish was a quite dry. Next time I would use more olive oil and cut the romanesco in smaller pieces and leaving out the stem. Also, it prefer this as a side dish with something saucy. Read More