Broccoli Rabe (pronounced Broccoli Rob) is also referred to as rabe or rapini.
Article by: Barbara Bowman
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Broccoli Rabe (pronounced Broccoli Rob) is also referred to as rabe or rapini. This is another leafy green vegetable that is frequently eaten in Southern Italy and has become popular in the United States. The vegetable has a slightly bitter taste and is frequently steamed or lightly sauteed in olive oil.
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.
Broccoli Rabe and Pancetta Stuffed Mushrooms by LaBelleCuisine.comIngredients
1 ounce sliced pancetta
or bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 medium shallot, minced
1 recipe Golden Mushroom Caps (see below) with stems reserved, cleaned and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1 pound broccoli rabe, trimmed to leaves and florets only, roughly chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thymeDirections
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with the rack in the upper position. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until beginning to crisp, 4 to 6 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the shallots. Cook until softened and translucent. Add the mushroom stems and the garlic and cook for 3 more minutes. Add the wine and the broccoli rabe, cover, and let steam for 4 minutes, until the broccoli rabe is bright green. Remove the cover and cook until the liquid has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat.
2. Using a small spoon, fill each mushroom cap with the filling. Place the caps on a baking sheet. Bake until the mushrooms are hot throughout, 2 to 4 minutes. Garnish with the thyme and serve hot.
Grow Broccoli Rabe At Home
Brassica rapa - This is a nice, fast growing, cool weather plant. It matures in about 40 to 60 days. The best time to grow it is in early spring and also in fall. Plants grow to 12 inches tall. If grown in too much heat the plants will bolt (go to seed) too quickly.
Pick the greens after the florets form but before the florets begin to open. Cut the plants at the ground level, or where the stem begins to get thick and toughen. If you harvest correctly, and the weather remains cool, you can expect a second and possibly third cutting from each plant.
How to Store
If you are growing your own plants, then it is best to harvest right before your meal. If you need to store it, seal it in a plastic bag and refrigerate it in your vegetable crisper for up to 5 days.