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Sauteed Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Anchovies

I remember the 1st time I ate Broccoli Rabe was in an Italian Restaurant at White Plain,NY. This restaurant make the best broccoli rabe I ever eat. Whenever I order this vegetables dish at any Italian restaurant, it's doesn't taste the same. Sometimes,the broccoli rabe comes out too hard and bitter.Or sometimes,it's too soft and yellowish.Well,some of you might wonder what is broccoli rabe,right? The Broccoli Rabe flower looks similar to the broccoli florets. Despite the name this plant is not a type of broccoli but it is in the same brassica family. One of the many health benefits of this vegetable is that it is rich in certain phytochemicals, including sulforaphane and indoles. These are chemicals which are proving to protect us against cancer.The flavor of rapini has been described as nutty, bitter, pungent, and "an acquired taste". The Italian cultivar is similar to, but much more bitter than, the Chinese. However the Chinese cultivar is of a lighter green color, not at all bitter or pungent, and more tender. It is similar in shape to the Chinese Brassica oleracea cultivar called kai-lan. Now I want to re-create the broccoli rabe I love. I think I hit the nail this time!


I bunch ( 1 pound) fresh broccoli rabe (wash)

4-5 clove fresh garlic(peel and sliced)

1 tomato(diced)

1 large onion (peel and diced)

1 tsp sea salt.

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup fried anchovies (crushed)


1: Wash ,rinse and trim 1/4-inch Broccoli Rape from bottom of stems.Then blanch the broccoli rabe in boiling salted after for 2-3 minutes until tender.Quickly removed from pot when cooked and run under cold water to prevent the lefty from turning yellow.

2:Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.Saute the garlic in the oil 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.Add in diced tomato,diced onion and broccoli rabe.Cook,stirring for 1 minute ,then add in salt .Sprinkle with crush anchovies and serve immediately.

If broccoli rabe is too bitter for your taste,try increasing the blanching time by 2 minutes.

This is fresh broccoli rabe selling at any supermarket



Anonymous said...
February 6, 2009 at 4:38 AM

Have never seen broccoli rabe over in our market here. It must taste like broccoli.

Anonymous said...
February 6, 2009 at 5:19 AM

Looks really delicious with the achovies on top! I've never seen this before.

Anonymous said...
February 6, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Hmmm...not sure what is this, don't think I have seen it here too.

Anonymous said...
February 6, 2009 at 7:47 PM

I can imagine how good this must taste with the garlic and anchovies.

Anonymous said...
February 6, 2009 at 10:42 PM

So beautiful!

Anonymous said...
February 7, 2009 at 1:19 AM

wow... looks so good... healthy and yum... :)

Anonymous said...
February 8, 2009 at 9:48 AM

I find the taste of broccoli rabe very much like Kailan except much softer. I will normally sautee it with garlic and a bit of pepper flakes. The next time should try with some anchovies like yours.

Anonymous said...
February 8, 2009 at 8:46 PM

sweet jasmine:
I think Isetan do carry this's taste like chinese kia-lan but softer..

It's really tasty.You might like it once you try!

I think you didn't realise this veges..Every local supermarket in State do carry this veges..try it out you might like it!


Thank you:P

Thank you:)

yes,it's very much like kai-lan but the fibrous is much tender,right?

Anonymous said...
March 11, 2009 at 5:57 PM

I am from White Plains originally and have been eating broccoli rabe my entire life. I'm heading back later this month for a visit and wondered which restaurant you were referring to.

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