Speaking of COOKIES, I have plenty of catching up to do with posting all of my cookie recipes. And they were awesome! So keep checking in.
The inspiration for this recipe came from my friend Giada, of course. I changed some of the proportions and cooking times. Remember broccoli rabe is a little bitter, so make sure to boil it before sauting to remove some of the bitter flavor. The raisins offer a little sweetness to offset the bitter broccoli rabe. And of course, the pine nuts give a little crunch, which I love.
Sauteed Broccoli Rabe
1 bunch broccoli rabe, washed, stems trimmed and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
dash dried crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
Cook the broccoli rabe in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 6 minutes. Drain the broccoli rabe reserving about 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Set aside.
Heat the oil in the same large pot over low heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and heat until the garlic is softened and the oil is flavored, about 5 minutes. Adjust heat to medium-low. Add the broccoli rabe and toss to coat. Add the reserved cooking water, the raisins, and cook about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt, to taste. Just before serving, toss the mixture with the pine nuts.