If I was half way good at this blogging thing I would’ve had a very entertaining (only in retrospect) story for you today involving a 5 mile run, a thunderstorm and a towed car. Whipping out the camera and properly documenting such events when they are actually occurring, however, was just not second nature at the time. There were the practical thoughts such as my phone getting ruined from the torrential rain I got to stand in while calling Ulysses 25 times to no avail. And, there was also the reality that while this was happening I was in no way thinking about how *blog worthy* the event was. I’ll leave it up to your imagination the expletives that were coming from my mouth instead.
Also, I like to try and keep my blog content under the $175 price point.
Yeah, that was the most expensive run of my life.
So instead of funny stories, I shall give you vegetables.
I know, it’s a sorry excuse for a tradeoff.
I promise it’s good though.
To make it even better I highly recommend you start here.
Wine + music. A cook’s best friend.
I’ll give you a minute to open the bottle.
Ok, ready? Good.
We eat a lot of broccoli. Like a lot, a lot. I buy at least 4 heads of the stuff a week. It’s easy, it’s cheap and it’s good for you. Every week I walk right up to the broccoli section, grab my plain ‘ole broccoli and move on. Yesterday however, I decided to get crazy and pay broccoli’s more expensive and bitter cousin some attention.
I used to hate this stuff as a kid. My parents loved it though and therefore it would inevitably end up on our dinner plates at least once a week. If dad was working late, mom just boiled it. When dad was home, however, it got sautéed in lots of yummy olive oil and doused in salt. The days dad was home were much better.
Alone, broccoli rabe is a pretty bitter green and doesn’t have many redeeming qualities besides it’s nutritional profile. That’s why you have to jazz it up.
And jazz it up I did.
Garlic, red pepper, little nuggets of gold, raisins and dried cherries.
Spicy & sweet may sound like a weird combo but, I assure you it works here. Deliciously.
Served with this for dinner? I can’t believe I’m about to say this but,…amazeballs.
Sweet & Spicy Broccoli
Makes 3-4 side dish portions
- 1 head of broccoli rabe (rapini), washed & trimmed
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
- 1/8 cup raisins, chopped
- 1/8 cup dried cherries, chopped
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- salt & pepper
Bring medium pot of water to a boil. Blanch broccoli rabe for 2 minutes, quickly drain and set aside (you could submerge in an ice bath here if you’re ambitious. That’s just more bowls to clean so I skip that step). Heat sauté pan with olive oil to medium high. Sauté garlic and red pepper flakes for 30 seconds – 1 minute, careful not to burn garlic. Add broccoli rabe to pan, season generously with salt & pepper and coat with olive oil mixture. Cook 1-2 minutes. Add raisins and cherries and cook for another 1-2 minutes. transfer to serving bowl and top with pine nuts.
Do you like broccoli rabe?
What’s the most cooked vegetable in your house?