Repeat after me: NO MORE BITTER BROCCOLI RABE (RAPINI). I have a full-proof way to make sure it is tender and tasty, so go ahead and file this under: “how to cook broccoli rabe less bitter” which is quite a popular search term on the Googs, turns out… everyone loves it but only when it’s done properly. Enter this tasty dish which is going to move to the top of your (almost) one-skillet meals list, in fact, you might want to just plan for a double batch ahead of time so you can eat it every single day this week. Couple it with crispy potatoes and chicken sausage… winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Follow this recipe for delicious rapini mixed with crispy potatoes and juicy chicken sausage. This one has it all, you guys. Oh and hey, want to make your own chicken sausage from scratch? It’s easier than you think. Here’s an awesome tutorial!
2Yukon Gold potatoesunpeeled (or sweet potatoes if you don't eat regular)
1bunch broccoli rabeabout 1½ pounds
2Tbspextra virgin olive oil
4large cloves garlicpeeled, bruised, but whole
2links Italian Chicken SausageI use Bilinski's Mild Italian
COMBINE potatoes with enough cold water to cover & bring to a boil in a pot
COOK over medium heat until the potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes, allow potatoes to cool
PEEL potato skin when cool enough to handle
CUT once lengthwise, then into half-moons, set aside
DETACH florets from the main stem of broccoli rabe with leaves. Using a small, sharp knife, peel/shave the skin from the thicker lower stalks of the broccoli rabe, cut the tip of the bottom off, & cut crosswise (approx. 2-inch lengths)
BRING large pot w/ enough water for greens to boil
ADD peeled stems along with the salt and cook for 1 minute ADD florets & leaves next, & cook them together with stems until tender but not mushy, 3-4 mins more. Crisp stalks = bitter, make sure its tender with a fork
DRAIN greens & add to ice bath (fill a large bowl half-way with cold water/ice), to stop cooking
ADD sliced chicken sausage to a large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat until cooked, flipping for approx. 8-10mins, remove chicken & set aside
REDUCE heat to low, warm ghee, & add whole garlic
SAUTÉ over medium for approx. 4mins until soft, set aside
RAISE heat to medium-high, add cooked potatoes in a single layer & season w/ pinch sea salt
SAUTÉ until they are golden & crispy, approx. 12 mins, set aside
WARM 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low, return drained b.rabe & garlic to pan. Sauté until greens are coated approx.3mins
RETURN potatoes & sausage to skillet, toss all together, taste/season & serve!