Flattening broccoli florets increases their surface area, which means more space to absorb the flavors of Parmesan cheese and a sweet balsamic vinegar drizzle. Pair this quick side dish with roasted chicken or pork.

EatingWell.com, April 2021


Credit: Brie Passano

Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Position oven rack 6 inches from broiler. Preheat broiler to high.

  • Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Steam broccoli until just tender, about 3 minutes.

  • Spread broccoli on a large rimmed baking sheet. Using the bottom of a mason jar or sturdy glass, flatten each floret. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Evenly distribute Parmesan over the florets. Broil until the broccoli is lightly browned and the cheese has melted, 3 to 4 minutes. Drizzle with balsamic glaze before serving.


Balsamic glaze is balsamic vinegar that's cooked until it's very thick. Look for it with other vinegars in well-stocked supermarkets. Or make it yourself by boiling 1 cup balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until syrupy and reduced to about 1/4 cup, 10 to 14 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

about 2/3 cup
79 calories; fat 6g; cholesterol 3mg; sodium 178mg; carbohydrates 5g; dietary fiber 2g; protein 3g; sugars 2g; niacin equivalents 1mg; saturated fat 1g; vitamin a iu 2301IU; potassium 253mg.