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Broccoli Rabe - alternatives to sauteing?

CurlieGlamourGirlie May 3, 2012 09:29 AM

I have some broccoli rabe in the fridge now that's nearing its demise. I'd love to prep it in some way that would go with rice, and will saute if there are no other options, but are there other ways to prepare it??


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    Jason_King RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie May 3, 2012 09:31 AM

    Grilling is great. It tastes wonderful with a nice char on it. In fact, I'm doing that tonight with some pork chops.

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      Isolda RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie May 3, 2012 10:29 AM

      Try blanching it in salted water first. Then saute some garlic in a little oil, add some rice, red pepper flakes and a little white wine, then mix in your rabe. Add just enough chicken broth or water to cook the rice, cover and simmer 15 minutes or so. Mix in some grated parm if you like.

      I also like to blanch the rabe, chop it and use it as a pizza topping. It's especially good with a whole wheat crust.

      Oh, and I agree with Jason that grilled broccoli rabe is really yummy. I usually blanch it first, though, then grill just enough to get some char.

      1. MGZ RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie May 3, 2012 10:39 AM

        Roast it. 400 degree over for around 20 minutes after drizzling with olive oil and sprinkling with salt.

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          scunge RE: MGZ May 3, 2012 10:55 AM

          I like it bitter ,so I just steam it then add sautéed garlic in EVO cracked pepper and sea salt and I'm good to go .

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            erica RE: MGZ May 3, 2012 11:14 AM

            Roasted, after blanching:


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              CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: erica May 3, 2012 04:59 PM

              This was tonight's winner and it was DELICIOUS!! Thanks!

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                CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie May 4, 2012 09:00 AM

                And I tweaked it a tiny bit to include onions. Didn't have rice, so I served it with barley cooked with chicken stock. Amazingly delicious!

          2. viperlush RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie May 3, 2012 10:57 AM

            I made a pasta dish last night with rabe and spicy sausage. We both loved it.

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              Mel.D RE: viperlush May 4, 2012 01:15 PM

              This is really one of the best and easiest dishes around. orecchiette pasta goes best!!

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                viperlush RE: Mel.D May 4, 2012 02:43 PM

                I like to add cubes of sweet potatoes. Makes it seem a little more healthy. And to counter the sweetness I use just spicy sausage.

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              bob96 RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie May 3, 2012 11:18 AM

              Briefly braise with a little olive oil, s/p, maybe a little hot red pepper, a bit of garlic, cool, and puree into a kind of pesto (grated cheese, more olive pil, some lemon juice maybe for balance). Stir into rice or serve with stubby pasta or with grilled sausages.

              1. ipsedixit RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie May 3, 2012 08:52 PM

                Make pesto, then serve it over rice with some Spam. Yum.

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                  magiesmom RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie May 4, 2012 09:12 AM

                  Cook pasta.Add it to the water for the last five minutes. Drain, toss with garlic cooked for a bit in olive oil.

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                    megjp RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie May 4, 2012 08:01 PM

                    It's too late now for this bunch of the stuff, but it's great on pizza if you ever make your own.. in fact, this is my go-to use for it, when I buy it on ridiculous sale but then wonder why!

                    I've also done something similar to others, where I'll throw it in the pot while some pasta finishes, drain, and make pasta e olio with some garlicky EVOO and red pepper flakes. (Sausage is good too, but I can't always justify it :)

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