Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Italian Food That Makes The Angels Cry
Delicious beyond delicious!
I have to tell you, this Italian dish of Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe is one of the best dishes in the whole world. It is so delicious, it makes the angels cry with joy!
Take a fresh loaf of Italian bread from an Italian bakery, together with the fresh Broccoli Rabe, and fresh Italian Sausage from your local Italian Grocery Store and you have a dinner to die for!
Fill a 3 quart sauce pan with 3/4 of water. While the water is coming to a boil, soak the rabe in colander in a large plastic bowl. Remember, when buying the rabe, always try to choose a bunch with short stems. Cut off the very tips of the stems and then cut the stems off the rabe and put them aside. Continue to cut the rabe in half or thirds and soak and rinse several times for best results. When the water begins to boil, add a pinch of baking soda to the water to keep the greens bright in color and put the stems into the sauce pan and allow them to boil for a few minutes until semi cooked.
In the mean time, take the sausage meat out of the casing and maintain the sausage shape. Place in a large sauté skillet on the adjacent burner and place the sausage meat into the skillet breaking into pieces of your liking with your wooden spoon. Add 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil and fresh sliced garlic and sauté until browned. I prefer hot seasoned Italian sausage, however, sweet will do, just add a few red hot pepper seeds to the oil and garlic while browning.
While the sausage is browning, add the rabe to the boiling water with the stems and continue to boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the cooked rabe to the skillet with the browning sausage, allowing some of the water from the rabe to transfer to the skillet as well. Sauté the rabe with the sausage folding the rabe and sausage in the skillet to allow the flavors to incorporate and blend adding salt to taste.
I promise you, when you sit down to eat this Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe dinner, you will sit there and cry, yourself, because it is sooooo delicious, you will not believe your taste buds. Then add some slices of Pecorino Romano Cheese and you will feel like you died and went to heaven! Hugs