How to Sauté Broccoli Rabe without Feeling Bitter

Sautéd broccoli rabe Do you have a bitter-sweet relationship with broccoli rabe? If so, you have heaps of company worldwide. In inexperienced hands, the pantothenic acid, vitamin rich greens have a tendency to turn out too bitter or too...

Sautéd broccoli rabe
Sautéd broccoli rabe
Do you have a bitter-sweet relationship with broccoli rabe? If so, you have heaps of company worldwide. In inexperienced hands, the pantothenic acid, vitamin rich greens have a tendency to turn out too bitter or too sweet. Of course there is a way to get around all of that and produce a dish that?s just right. And we happen to know which route to take. So, here?s our advice on how to saute broccoli rabe like a pro: To sauté broccoli rabe without feeling bitter, you?ll need to complete three important tasks. The first task is selecting the best broccoli rabe that you can find. The ideal way to do that is to use your sense of sight, smell and touch. Pick a bundle that is devoid of flowering buds. It should also be vibrant green all the way through. Once you find a bundle like that, lean in and give it a whiff. If it smells like cabbage or funky feet, don?t buy it. If it doesn?t, take a second to feel the stems. Ideally, they should feel plump and somewhat firm. If they are, make your way to the check-out stand with pride. When you get home, you?ll need to start on completing the second important task. In order to finish it, you?ll want to grab the following kitchen essentials. Needed items: Begin by washing the broccoli rabe in cold water. Let it drain in the colander while you set-up the stock pot and an ice bath. Fill the pot with salted water and place it over top of a medium-high flame. Then let it come to a rolling boil. While the water is heating, fill the mixing bowl with ice and cold water. Continue by using the kitchen scissors to snip off the tips of the broccoli rabe?s stems. Next, toss the broccoli rabe into the salted water and let it remain there for two minutes. After the two minutes has elapsed, remove the broccoli rabe with the tongs. Then plunge it immediately into the cold water. Doing so will help to remove additional bitterness. Wait 5 minutes and then proceed by removing the broccoli rabe from the ice bath. Then pat the greens dry with the lint-free towels. Once that is done, it?s time to complete essential task number three. Break out your sauté pan, olive oil and preferred seasonings. We?d suggest using garlic, cherry tomatoes and pancetta. The salt from the pancetta and the natural acid in the tomatoes should remove any remaining bitterness and add flavor. Place the pan over a medium flame. As the pan heats up, add the olive oil, pancetta and garlic. Afterward, add the cherry tomatoes and broccoli rabe. Sauté it for 5 minutes or until the stems become tender. Then serve the broccoli rabe with the entrée of your choice. For more tips on preparing broccoli rabe, please contact us. We may be reached by dialing (888) 617-3418.