Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Broccoli Rabe with White Beans

Broccoli rabe or rapini is a cousin to broccoli with a slightly bitter, nutty flavor not unlike many wild greens.

This is a quick salad with beans, that I finished with balsamic reduction. The sweetness cuts the bitterness of the greens nicely.

Rapini with White Beans
small bunch rapini
1 to 1 1/2 cups white beans
2 - 3 cloves garlic, sliced
olive oil
salt and pepper
Balsamic reduction

Start by blanching the rapini in salted boiling water for a minute to soften.

Submerge in an ice bath to stop the cooking.

Saute the garlic in oil, season with salt and pepper.

Add the rapini, and saute for a few minutes.

Add the beans and season again with salt and pepper.

To finish, top with a generous amount of Parm and a drizzle of Balsamic reduction.