When it comes to sexiness, life’s just not fair.  Even for veggies.  There are those that simply just have “it” and those that simply don’t.  You either are or you ain’t.  And Broccoli just ain’t.  But Broccoli Rabe– now he’s sexy.  A bit of a mystery at first, you gotta figure him out; play with him a little.  But once you do and you get him right- you’ll be craving for more.  A little peppery, a tad feisty, he gives a good bite.  Whether served on the side, married in with the main course, or just used as a topping, he’s worth the flirt.

Simply sauteed with garlic, olive oil and red pepper.

Blanch in salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl of ice water to stop cooking.

Heat olive oil and garlic. Add Broccoli Rabe and saute for about 5 minutes.

Season with Salt, Pepper and Red Pepper.

Great as a side, mixed in with pasta and pecorino, or chopped up for a pizza topping.