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Broccoli Rabe Philly Style
©2013 Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, from: Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking. Reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.

Stroll down 9th Street in Philly, and you're bound to find the traditional Italian greens, broccoli rabe. Not the easiest vegetable to work with, it can quickly become a bitter mess if not prepared properly. The key is blanching first and draining all excess water, then knowing when to stop cookingwhen it's just one shade darker than it was just after blanching.

3 tablespoons olive oil (plus more
for oiling pan)
4 red bell peppers
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 teaspoons grnd. black pepper
2 bunches broccoli rabe (bottom 3 inches of stems removed, leaves and remaining stems chopped into 1-inch pieces)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon porcini powder
1/2 cup vegan mayo
1 teaspoon vegan Dijon mustard
sliced bread, toasted (optional)






1- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over heat high and prepare an ice bath.
2- Rub a sheet pan lightly with olive oil. Put the peppers on the pan and roast until they collapse, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the peppers from the oven and set
aside until cool to the touch. Peel off the skins, cut the peppers in half, and remove the seeds and stems. Then slice the peppers into thin strips and toss in a
small bowl with 1 tablespoon of the oil, the balsamic vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Set aside.
3- Blanch the broccoli rabe in the salted boiling water for 4 minutes. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the cooking water. Drain the broccoli rabe, shock in the ice bath
for 5 minutes, then drain thoroughly.
4- Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. When it begins to ripple, add the garlic and allow it to brown for about 1 minute. Add the broccoli rabe, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the broccoli rabe wilts and turns a slightly
darker shade of green, 5 to 7 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat.
5- Meanwhile, whisk the porcini powder with the reserved 2 tablespoons cooking water in a small bowl. Add the vegan mayo, mustard, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and whisk until creamy.
6- If desired, spread the cream on the bread and top with the broccoli rabe and peppers. Or, if serving the broccoli rabe and peppers as an antipasto, offer the
cream on the side. Serves 2-4.

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