This Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli recipe is the best way to serve steamed broccoli at home. Additionally, you can prepare this restaurant-style broccoli in under 15 minutes with only 4 main ingredients. Isn’t this just great!
LongHorn Steakhouse is an American casual dining restaurant chain, founded in 1981 by two best friends. Their first location, originally called LongHorn Steaks Restaurant & Saloon was opened in Atlanta, Georgia. However, by 1990 the franchise definitely expanded, their restaurants being located all over the United States and even in Puerto Rico.
The Longhorn menu is famous for the various kinds of steak, but they are loved for their classic tasty side dishes too. One of these is the Longhorn garlic parmesan broccoli and today we will learn how to replicate it with easy instructions.
How to Choose the Broccoli for the Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli Recipe
There are two main options when choosing the broccoli for the copycat Longhorn recipe: pre-cut florets or head of broccoli. However, either way you’ll go, keep in mind that the key is the freshness of the broccoli!
So, when you go shopping for making the Longhorn garlic parmesan broccoli recipe, look for dark green florets of broccoli and avoid brown or yellow ones. Also, remember that when purchasing heads of broccoli, they should be dense and heavy.
The Easiest Way to Cut Broccoli
First of all, it’s about suitable instruments: a sharp knife and a cutting board. After you are assured, you have these two in the kitchen, start by washing and drying your broccoli. Next, place it on the cutting board and remove any leaves or bad florets.
Now that your broccoli is set, start slicing pieces off where the floret stem meets the larger stalk. Continue doing so until all florets are removed from the stem. Additionally, if there are any larger florets, cut them in half.
What to Add to Broccoli to Make it Taste Better
Sincerely, I’m a big fan of broccoli, and when parmesan and garlic are also added, I don’t need anything more. However, I’m aware that many of my beloved readers are not so into it. Not to mention our kids’ perspective about it. That’s why I’ll list some ways to make it taste better and maybe transform it into your kids’ best friend!
- I love adding butter for some extra creaminess, but you can also add olive or avocado oil and sea salt for a vegan broccoli recipe.
- Even though the classic Longhorn broccoli recipe uses parmesan, you can replace it with a variety of cheeses, like cheddar, white cheddar, or mozzarella. It will transform your recipe into a cheesier one, and the broccoli pieces will stick together.
- If you and your kids are basil fans, add some fresh homemade pesto to your broccoli. The basil flavor will totally change the whole thing.
How to Make Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli
Now that we know everything there is to know about this easy copycat recipe, it’s time to learn how actually to make it. Don’t worry, the necessaire products are more than affordable, and the step-by-step guide is easy to follow. Only 15 minutes and your copycat Longhorn garlic parmesan broccoli recipe is ready!
What You Need to Make Copycat Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli
First of all, I want to point out that I prepared the Longhorn broccoli only for me this time, as the whole family was away for the night. I wanted some buttery snack to pair with a movie and a glass of wine, and the garlic and parmesan broccoli was the winner. So, I only used half of the amount of the ingredients, as you’ll notice in the photo below.
However, I suggest following the ingredients list below if you prepare the recipe for more than one person.
- 2 heads of broccoli;
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese;
- 4 tablespoons butter;
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic;
- 2 cups of water;
- Salt and pepper.
Step-By-Step Recipe for Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli
- After thoroughly washing the broccoli, start chopping it into small pieces, as in the photo below.
- Place the broccoli pieces in a skillet with 2 cups of water.
- Season with salt and pepper to your own taste. However, consider that you’ll add the parmesan cheese, which is kind of salty.
- Bring everything to a boil.
- Then, just cover the skillet with a lid and let it steam for 5-7 minutes.
- Now, drain excess water. Be careful with this step! I always manage to get burned. So, my husband offered me some oven mitts on Valentine’s Day and I’m kind of forced to wear them anytime I use the stove now.
- Add the butter to the skillet and let it melt. Next, toss the broccoli pieces in the butter.
- Finally, add the minced garlic and the grated parmesan. Gently mix everything and make sure that every broccoli piece is covered in parmesan.
Enjoy Your Longhorn Broccoli at Home!
Well, now we certainly know everything there is to know about the copycat Longhorn garlic parmesan broccoli recipe. Wasn’t it much easier to prepare it than you initially thought? I don’t want to be too excited about it, but for me was surprisingly easy. When I first tasted the Longhorn broccoli, I wouldn’t have believed it takes only 15 minutes to prepare such a tasty side dish.
Finally, as you surely already noticed, this is an incredibly versatile recipe and is also easy to double or triple for larger groups. In addition, please keep in mind that this garlic parmesan broccoli will be kept very well in the refrigerator, covered tightly, for three to five days, not that you are likely to have it around for that long. This is such a delicious buttery side dish I can guarantee that it will disappear very quickly!
Last but not least, I will be super excited to find out what your opinion is on this recipe. Did you enjoy preparing it? What did your family think about it? Did you find it as delicious as I did? Also, if you have improved it, please let me know. Tell me everything in the comment section below.