Broccoli Rabe

At least that’s what my son called it!

I thought this one would be a no-brainer since my son eats broccoli. Come to think of it broccoli is probably his favorite vegetable considering how often I make it for him. When my son came and asked what I was making and I said I was making broccoli rabe he immediately made a face and said he doesn’t like that. In fact that’s what he says about everything that he’s never tasted before.

A mild tantrum ensued because I told him I was making something new so I had to come up with something, and quick! “You’ll like this because it’s broccoli’s cousin! Yeah, they’re related…”

This immediately put my son at ease and he went off to play until dinner was ready. I won’t say this was complete success but he did eat a few pieces until he said he didn’t want anymore which is better than his obligatory fake gagging whenever he tries something new. I call this a WIN for dad!


1 bunch of brocooli rabe
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
salt and pepper to taste


Fill a large pot with water then add 1/2 cup of salt and bring to a boil.  Cut stalks off broccoli rabe or strip leaves from the broccoli rabe stems and place in the boiling water for 1 minute.  Remove broccoli rabe and place in a cold water bath or a strainer under cold running water until cool.  Dry broccoli rabe thoroughly with a towel and set aside.

In a large skillet add the olive oil and preheat over medium heat.  Add the garlic and crushed red pepper to olive oil and stir for 1 minute.  Add the dry broccoli rabe and toss with the olive oil, garlic, and red pepper.  Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste.


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