Broccoli raab scares me a little bit. I'm never entirely sure how to pronounce it; here in Rhode Island, it's called (and spelled) rabe and pronounced ROBBY. It's also called rapini, pronounced rah-PEE-nee. Whatever you call it, broccoli raab tastes like a more bitter broccoli, which makes it the perfect foil for a bit of sweetness. Created by chef and food blogger Julia Shanks and adapted from her new cookbook, The Farmer's Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Your CSA and Farmers' Market Foods (written with Brett Grohsgal), this recipe draws sugar from the grapes and honey to balance the bite of the "robby". I used both Aleppo pepper and red pepper flakes (though the original recipe calls for one or the other), in equal amounts, because you can never have too much of a good thing. Serve as a side dish to grilled chicken or pork.
Broccoli raab (broccoli rabe) with honey and grapes
Adapted from The Farmer's Kitchen, this recipe serves 4.
1 bunch broccoli raab
2 tsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp Aleppo pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 cup grapes, cut in half
2 Tbsp honey, or more to taste
Kosher salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
Trim the ends off the broccoli raab, and chop coarsely. Wash and drain, then dry in a clean dish towel or salad spinner.
Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the oil, then the garlic, and cook for 30 seconds until aromatic. Add the chili flakes, Aleppo pepper and cumin, and cook for 30 seconds more to toast them. Add the raab, and cook, stirring frequently, until it turns bright green. If the pan seems dry, add 1/4 cup of water. Stir in the grapes and honey, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Potato and broccoli raab casserole, from FatFree Vegan Kitchen
Fresh fettucini with broccoli raab in a lemony tomato sauce, from Herbivoracious
Thai style stir fried broccoli raab, from Thai Cooking with Jam
Broccoli rabe with cannellini and pasta, from Blue Kitchen
Broccoli rabe saute - Indian style, from Tigers & Strawberries
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