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Broccoli Rabe Sautéed in Garlic and Oil

In Recipes, Vegetables on November 21, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Ingredients:

1 bunch of Broccoli Rabe (also called Broccoli di Rape, Rapini and Broccoli Rabb)
6 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil

Preparation:

1.    Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in 5 quart or larger pot.
2.    Rinse the Broccoli Rabe, discard the thick stems by cutting about 3 inches off the bottom of the bunch.
3.    When the water comes to a full boil, add the Broccoli Rabe and blanch it for 60 seconds.
4.    Strain Broccoli Rabe in a colander, and then plunge it immediately into a bowl filled with ice and cold water to stop the cooking and to retain its dark green color.

Blanched Broccoli Rabe Draining in Colander

5.    When cooled, transfer to a colander and drain until ready to sauté.
6.    In a sauté pan with low curved sides, heat the olive oil on high flame.
7.    When oil is shimmering, add the garlic and quickly sauté; do not let it brown.
8.    When the garlic is translucent* add the broccoli rabe and sauté for 3 minutes, tossing constantly with tongs.

Sauteeing

9.    Remove from the pan with tongs and serve immediately.

Eat it! It's Good for You!

*Variation: At this point add ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed chili pepper, depending on taste, to the oil-garlic mixture before adding the broccoli rabe.

Also see: Eat it! It’s Good for You!

Pork Chops with Hot and Sweet Peppers

In Meat, Pork, Recipes on May 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM

 

Quick, easy and delicious!

Quick, easy and delicious!

Ingredients:

•    6 boneless center cut pork chops, about ¾ inch thick, approximately  2.75 – 3 lbs total
•    Kosher Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
•    3 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
•    7 cloves of garlic, sliced
•    2 cups of dry white wine
•    1/3 cup of sliced hot cherry peppers, stems removed
•    2 large (35 oz.) jars of fire-roasted sweet peppers, about 4 cups sliced
•    ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar

Steps:

1.    Sprinkle the pork chops with salt and freshly ground pepper on both sides.
2.    In a heavy stainless steel or cast iron skillet that has a cover, heat the olive oil on medium/high. (note 1)
3.    Add the garlic and stir for 2 -3 minutes, do not let it brown.
4.    Raise the heat to high and add the pork chops, brown for 5 minutes on each side.
5.    When pork chops are browned to your liking, remove them from pan and set aside.
6.    Remove the garlic and pour off all of the fat except for about 2 tablespoons.
7.    Turn the heat to high, add the wine deglazing the pan, and let it boil for about 3 minutes.
8.    Return the pork chops to the pan with any juice that has collected.
9.    Add the cherry and roasted peppers and mix them in.
10.    Cover the pan and continue to cook on high for 5 minutes, turning the chops once or twice. (note 2)
11.    Remove the cover, lower heat to medium and cook for 5 more minutes turning the chops once or twice.
12.    Stir in the balsamic vinegar and continue cooking for 3 minutes more.
13.    Remove the pork chops and peppers to a plate and cover with aluminum foil and reduce the gravy, or add a tbsp. or two of Wondra® to a thicken to your liking.

We usually serve this dish with sides of fresh broccoli rabe, sautéed in garlic and oil and Pearled Couscous, which soaks up the extra gravy very nicely.

Note 1: If you do not have a stainless steel or cast iron skillet, which gives the best browning, use a non-stick skillet, but halve the amount of olive oil.

Note: 2: At this point, you can transfer the pork and peppers to a pot or casserole, add the balsamic vinegar to the gravy and thicken to your liking, then add to the pot or casserole and cover for up to 2 or 3 hours. The chops will continue cooking from the residual heat. Ten minutes before serving re-heat the pot and serve as above. 

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