Saturday, February 6, 2010

Broccoli Rabe

This is my favorite vegetable to eat and very versatile. Most times when you order this at a restaurant it is not very good. Always hard and bitter..and this is why I am posting my recipe for you.
Every Italian house grew up eating this delicious vegetable.My Mother always served it with Italian Pork sandwiches..Delish!!

Two heads of Broccoli Rabe
3 cloves of garlic,minced
Good Olive oil..about 1/4 cup.
garlic salt and pepper.

Parm..cheese and red pepper flakes to sprinkle on top..Option for you.

Be sure the Broccoli Rabe is fresh. Cut off about 2 inches of the stem..Rinse under water to it in a large pot of salted boiling water.Cook for only 5 to 8 minutes..You do not want to over cook .Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.Now you take the broccoli and squeeze out the water a little at a time with your hand. Start simmering the oil and garlic ,toss the broccoli rabe until cooked through..about 10 minutes.add your garlic salt and pepper to taste..take off the heat and serve.You may want to pour a little more olive oil on top.You can sprinkle parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes if you like it spicey!!Now start singing ,"Be Italian" from "Nine"..everyone will sing along!
This amount will serve 6 people.
a great side dish or you can toss it with pasta and add ,shrimp or chicken..or just put it in a hard roll with Italian Pork and shaved sharp provolone cheese.:)