Friday, February 19, 2010

Roasted Potatoes, Broccoli Rabe (Rappini), Sausage Sprinkled with Panko and Mozzarella~

The potatoes are so full of flavor, the sausage give this just the right spice. Homemade Sausage and Broccoli Rabe!

You can add chopped fresh tomatoes, pour tomato sauce on top, or just eat this with some Italian Crusty Bread!

Even great for a hearty breakfast!

Boiled first and ready for the frying pan to saute with some fresh garlic and olive oil.

My mom Margaret Ann Fanelli Colenzo, said the secret to get these Broccoli Rabe tender and not tasting at all bitter, was to boil them in salted water with a little olive oil, lemon juice and simmer till tender. Took a little over an 45 minutes for store bought, if you are lucky to get these fresh grown, it takes no time at all less that 25 minutes and they are tender. The next step is to saute in fresh garlic and olive oil . But, cutting off the heavy stalks and washed them well first is the first step.

While the Broccoli Rabe is cooking, I cut up the potatoes, and spread the homemade sausage on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with fresh minced garlic, salt pepper, parsley, cayenne pepper, grating cheese, pour olive oil all over the potatoes and a heavy handful of panko breadcrumbs on top last, all over the potatoes. Put into a hot oven 430 over and bake till crispy and browned.

Make sure you have greased the pan first, I always line with tin foil for easier clean up!

Saute cooked Broccoli Rabe in olive oil and fresh garlic, a pinch of salt and red pepper flakes for some heat.

I think broccoli rabe is by far my favorite Italian vegetable, I love it with pasta, pizza, side dish, sandwiches, and this is just one more way to eat this versatile, healthy amazing wild broccoli. I just can't eat enough of this wonderful, magnificent colorful delicate Italian broccoli.

2 medium bunches broccoli rabe (about 1 pound), trimmed and chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil first cold pressed
3 garlic cloves minced,
1/2 teaspoon salt
crushed red pepper flakes to taste
Instructions :

Place broccoli rabe in a large saucepan with salt; cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook 1/2 hour, drain .
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic till just starting to turn golden, not brown. Add broccoli rabe,add more salt and pepper to taste and crushed red pepper flakes ....saute' on very low, around 15 to 20 minutes, till tender.

Prepare Potatoes:

I used four cut up in quarters leaving part of the skins on:
1 package of panko bread crumbs
Romano grating cheese
salt pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, 1 clove minced garlic,1/4 teaspoon of parsley, 1/4 cup olive oil.

Place cubed potatoes in a bowl,mix with spices, place on sprayed cookie sheet or aluminum foil. Pour oil over the potatoes, sprinkle with cheese and bread crumbs.
Place Sausage links on the same cookie sheet, I used one pound. The sausage will keep its juices if you slice it after its done baking. Bake at 430 degrees till potatoes are crispy.

While you are boiling the broccoli rabe cook your sausage and potatoes. Place sausage and cubed potatoes on the same cookie sheet, bake at 430 degrees until brown and the potatoes are crispy. Saute broccoli rabe. Place broccoli rabe on the dish first, slices of sausage, top with potatoes and garnish with mozzarella cheese.
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