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Rapini Meal Ideas

Hi Everyone,

I just bought a nice bunch of rapini, and I am tired of the ways I normally prepare it.

Besides steaming with garlic, or serving it in a tomato, garlic sauce over pasta, what are some other ways you prepare it?

Side dish or main dish is fine.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Steam, chop, saute with olive oil, garlic, anchovies and/or nam pla, and chile flakes or chopped fresh chiles.

    This can be a side dish, a sauce for pasta (preferably orecchiette) or polenta, or a pizza topping.

    1. It's a classic with sausage. Sausage and garlic and broccoli rabe pasta is my idea of comfort food. Use the broccoli water or a bit of chicken stock to moisten the pasta and top with grated Parm and even toasted fresh buttered breadcrumbs if you like.

      1. skip the tomatoes, sautee with garlic and red chili flakes. serve with spicy sausage and crusty bread.

        sautee and drain. chop small, mix with eggs and cheese and bake a quasi-frittata.

        it's quite good with lentils too.

        1. These sound delicious! Your advice is much appreciated. I will have to divide the bunch up into two so I can try more than one of these!

          1. Blanch or roast rapini; dry well. Mix 1/4 cup mirin, a tbsp miso, and a teaspoon or so of dark sesame oil. Toss w/ rapini, then sprinkle w/ sesame seeds.

            Blanch rabe; set aside. Saute garlic and onions in olive oil til soft. Add a little vermouth and rapini and salt and pepper; cook til onions are soft. In a blender, puree some reconstiuted sundried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, capers, a little lemon juice, and olive oil til smooth... I make halibut or mahi mahi en papillote w/ vermouth or white wine and lemon juice and onions, then serve over the rapini w/ the pesto.

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            1. re: Emme

              I much prefer to steam rather than blanch. Better flavor.