ffwd: Garlicky Crumb-coated Broccoli (& Cauliflower)

For this week’s recipe, Dorie Greenspan suggested using fresh stalks of broccoli. However, I knew I had some frozen bags of veggies in the freezer. And, in the spirit of using up what I have on hand before buying more, I happened to have a bag of mixed broccoli and cauliflower. What luck! I thought that the crumb coating would work for cauliflower just as well as the broccoli, so I went with it. I used panko bread crumbs and used a ratio of 1 tablespoon of butter to 3 tablespoons of margarine to cut down on the fat. (It is a vegetable dish after all!) The crumbs didn’t adhere to the veggies as much as I’d thought, but spooning the leftover toasted crumbs on the veggies worked just as well.

The toasted garlicky crumbs really gave the veggies a nice flavor and texture twist, which I suspect would make them more appealing to kids. Don’t kids enjoy foods that are breaded somewhat? (I’m thinking in advance for when my nieces refuse to eat their vegetables!) I served this veggie side dish with grilled tilapia seasoned with pepper, garlic salt and sprinkled with lemon juice. However, I found this week’s recipe so delicious that for the first time in awhile, I think I actually enjoyed eating the side dish more than the main course!

Check out other bloggers’ thoughts on this crumb-coated dish at French Fridays with Dorie. As usual, the recipe for this dish can be found in Dorie Greenspanโ€™s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

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43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 00:16:36

    Looks delicious! I love your broccoli/cauliflower mix. I bet those crumbs are yummy too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Anita Menon
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 00:25:52

    Sounds interesting! I have just ordered Dorie Greenspans’s Around my french table. FFwD isn’t available anywhere in India. I so wanted to join the FFwD community and try out different dishes. Or maybe it is a bit too late.

    • yummychunklet
      Apr 08, 2011 @ 01:02:08

      It’s not too late at all! There’s no participation requirement and overall the recipes are quite good! Plus with over 300 recipes, we’re nowhere near being finished!

  3. Anita Menon
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 01:29:11

    But I don’t have the book. Also, I do not eat any meat apart from chicken and fish and eggs too. Let me see.

  4. Three-Cookies
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 03:47:57

    Great way to prepare those veges. Its an upgrade from ‘cauliflower with cheese sauce’.

  5. Liz
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 05:32:50

    Great idea! I’d love this crumb coating on cauliflower, too~

  6. Adriana
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 05:51:07

    I loved all the flavors that went into the breadcrumbs so much, I ate the ‘leftovers’ with a spoon before dinner. I also served them with fish (tuna). Happy Friday!

  7. Cher
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 07:05:01

    Love the combo. I don’t think you can ever go wrong using both broccoli & cauliflower…
    Sometimes breading works on “the little people” – sometimes, well, not so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Lubna Karim
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 07:07:11

    Wow…love that combo… looks extremely yum…..

  9. erica@fashionmeetsfood
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 08:14:27

    I love broccoli and cauliflower especially together, so you know I need to give this recipe a try!

    xo

  10. Ronda
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 08:29:19

    My niece will eat broccoli in any form. It has always been her favorite. My other niece is old enough to make her own veggies, but I do had a god-daughter and a nephew to worry about…

  11. claire
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 08:55:51

    Looks amazing! I love your use of the frozen mix. I bet those crumbs are perfect too!

  12. Sarah
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 08:58:31

    I loved this dish, too! I was worried about using frozen veggies, but I don’t think it would have made any difference in the end. Yours looks delicious with the cauliflower.

  13. Peggy
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 08:59:33

    I love that you included the cauliflower in this, as well! Sounds like a superb way to prepare this dish! =)

  14. Cakelaw
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 09:02:39

    This would be perfect with cauliflower too – and make it way less bland. Good choice.

  15. chanzdutt
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 09:35:45

    Wow what a combo…..

  16. Spike
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 09:42:51

    I had trouble getting the crumbs to stick too- but the flavor was great- right? Love it

  17. Monica (Ms. Hobby)
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 09:45:48

    Glad to hear this worked with frozen veggies. I was thinking about the bag of frozen broccoli in my freezer, but then small broccoli crowns were on sale this week, so I used fresh.

  18. Louanne
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 09:54:54

    Love the crunchy texture along with the broccoli and cauliflower!

  19. Jessica
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 10:39:33

    Would the crumbs stick better if you used just butter (no margarine)?

  20. Clarkie @ Beloved Green
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 12:15:26

    I always have frozen bags of broccoli in the freezer too. It is one of my favorite veggies and I swear I have a bunch every day. Pretty soon I will start turning “green”. Love your combo, it sounds delish!

  21. Frolicking Night Owl
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 12:20:37

    Great idea to mix the veggies. When I was making the dish I was thinking about cauliflower … i love cauliflower! Glad to see someone tried it.

  22. Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup!
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 13:32:23

    I think this crumb topping would work well with asparagus, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green beans…it’s just so flavorful and simple, you can’t go wrong. Pretty presentation on that plate ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. betsy
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 15:30:39

    Great idea to try on broccoli and cauliflower, both are vegetables I’ve been working very hard to add to my diet. I’m getting there. Buttery breadcrumbs do help them go down!

  24. Christina
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 16:24:22

    I want to put these breadcrumbs on everything now! This was a great recipe and I’m glad I made this one.

  25. Krissy
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 18:15:39

    Good for you to use what you had on hand. As soon as I saw your photo I wanted to see what you had added. I actually wish I would have used a bag of broccoli from Sam’s Club or Costco without the stems…I like your smaller, more tender peices. Nest time…

  26. Mary
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 19:50:51

    Yum. I want to try the cauliflower variation. Great idea.

  27. Kathy
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 19:54:25

    Your dish looks so tasty! I love that you used the broccoli and cauliflower mixture. I will have to give this dish a try soonโ€ฆI skipped this week because I’m visiting my daughter for the week-end.

  28. Elaine
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 20:08:05

    I was thinking the bread crumbs would be so good with cauliflower and am so glad that you liked it. I think I have finally found a way to keep my son from putting ketchup on his veggies!

  29. Mary
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 22:31:43

    This looks wonderful. I’m sure it is delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  30. torviewtoronto
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 09:01:18

    crumble on this looks and sounds delicious

  31. Tricia S.
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 11:06:54

    Oh wow wow wow. Love your combo. Nana and I both enjoyed this recipe big time – she kind of new what to expect and I was wondering where this recipe had been all my life. Even though my family actually ate broccoli before…can’t recall the last time we were fighting over who got more. No better verdict on a new recipe than that ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Cooking Gallery
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 11:37:51

    Oh yum, this sounds like a wonderful idea…!!

  33. Renee
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 12:33:38

    Absolutely delicious for sure!!

  34. Parsley Sage
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 14:20:53

    Brilliant side dish…I not gonna lie. I drooled a little when I read that you paired it with that lovely sounding tilapia ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Yuri
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 15:38:37

    I used broccoli & cauliflower too! Great minds ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Eva
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 17:48:15

    What a fantastic idea, I absolutely love broccoli and cauliflower. Covering them with garlic crumbs sounds delicious!!

  37. Meri
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 18:31:25

    Oooh, I just made a ton of seasoned breadcrumbs a week or so ago… I’ve been trying to think of what to do with them!

  38. Ryan
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 19:24:05

    Good on you for using up ingredients you already had! I need to do that more often. The bread crumb mixture sounds delicious and I bet it would be good on broccoli and cauliflower. I need to play catch up and make this recipe b/c everyone is raving about it! It sounds so good!!

  39. elle sees
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 20:02:42

    oh this looks so delish! i made something similar but it didn’t look this good!
    ps–have you entered my giveaway?

  40. Ker-Yng
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 22:01:10

    I like the idea of broccoli + cauliflower. As you know, my crumbs didn’t really stick too. I’m thinking maybe not draining the broccoli so well will make the crumbs stick better.

  41. Louise
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 22:53:58

    Love this combination! It’s one of my favorites, roasted. I usually let the frozen veggies dry out in the oven a bit before adding the seasoned panko. I wonder, if adding a bit of rice flour to the seasoned panko, would help it stick. I’ll have to try it.

    Thanks for sharing, Yummy…I wish I had some of yours right now!!!

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