Recipe Review

I Tried the Viral Parmesan “Broccoli Chips” That Have 55 Million Views, and They’re So Easy, I’ll Be Making a Batch Every Week

published Jan 6, 2024
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Crispy Parmesan Broccoli Chips
Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

The thing I love most about discovering recipes online is the vast variety of ideas available in which you can create something from basically nothing. Whether it’s turning random leftovers into an incredible meal or combining seemingly average ingredients and creating something amazing with them, the possibilities are truly endless. Don’t get me wrong, I love learning from the best cookbooks of 2023 just as much as the next home chef, but there is no denying the sheer amount of creativity bursting at the seams on TikTok and Instagram. 

After discovering Stella Drivas and her recipe for Crispy Parmesan Broccoli Chips, I was floored by her example of an easy and somewhat healthy snack. As the biggest self-proclaimed fan of broccoli and cheese casserole, my love for the two main ingredients was already not much of a secret. But I had yet to see these two ingredients paired together in such a way. So, there was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity to try her recipe for myself. Here’s how it went. 

Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

How to Make Crispy Parmesan Broccoli Chips

Start by preheating your oven to 420°F and lining a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set the baking sheet aside and bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add in large florets of broccoli and 1 tablespoon of salt, and bring the water back to a boil. Blanch the broccoli for 1 to 2 minutes, then strain the water and transfer to a platter lined with paper towels to soak up more of the water. 

Take your prepared baking sheet and sprinkle a layer of freshly grated Parmesan cheese until you have a thin layer of cheese as a base. Transfer the broccoli to the baking sheet, slightly spacing each piece out enough so there is room to smash them. Using a shot glass or a small cup, smash the broccoli pieces down, gently, but firmly. 

Next, season the broccoli with salt, onion powder, and garlic powder before transferring the baking sheet into the oven and baking for 25 to 30 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and the broccoli is crispy. When ready, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let it cool slightly before breaking apart and serving. 

Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

My Honest Opinion of Crispy Parmesan Broccoli Chips

I was absolutely thrilled by the results of this recipe. I was worried that I might over bake the whole thing and end up with far too crispy of a bottom layer of cheese. However, I only had one corner of the pan get a little too burnt. The rest of the dish came out perfectly, in my opinion, and each bite was just as good as the last. 

I think that using Parmesan cheese, especially freshly grated Parmesan, is the best option for this type of recipe. The cheese smells amazing while baking in the oven, and its rich and nutty sharpness paired beautifully with the seasoned broccoli. I can see myself making this dish again as an appetizer while hosting guests for dinner, or even as a quick end of the day snack when I’m not in the mood for a full-on dinner. I definitely recommend everyone try this out soon, you can find the full recipe here

3 Tips for Making Crispy Parmesan Broccoli Chips

  1. Try not to over boil. You’ll want to blanch the broccoli for this recipe, so only leave the florets in the boiling water for a couple of minutes. You don’t want the broccoli to be too soft or mushy, just tender to the touch of a fork. 
  2. Experiment with other cheeses. While the recipe calls for Parmesan specifically, Drivas does admit that she just has not tried it yet with any other cheeses. I imagine that sharp cheddar would compliment the broccoli nicely, but feel free to experiment with your favorite cheese and see what kind of results it yields.
  3. Season to your taste. With a recipe like this, it’s easiest to keep it simple with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. However, there’s more fun to be had when you go off-track a bit and experiment with other seasonings. You never know what kind of greatness you might discover.