Ah, green things ! So vibrant in color,so nutritionally dense, so plentiful in today's markets. We live in a world of plenty here . So many fruit and veggie choices that it can make you think you stepped into The Rainbow Connection when you walk into a grocery store these days. However, the same thing is true for our friend here:
I must confess- I tried this veggie two years ago for the first time with improper cooking directions and the result was horrible. We vowed never to eat it again, and then one day my potential crush David Rocco made it on his show in a way that made sense. Okay, confession- if David Rocco suggested a way to cook wood pallettes I would probably try it because I was too busy basking in the flavor of David Rocco to allow my common sense to step in. I am justified in this feeling- the man is a darned good cook, as well as being tasty eye candy.....
So, armed with a mental image of David and determined not to undermine my authority, I bought some Broccoli Rab again. I washed it, chopped it into bite sized bits and par boiled it for 3 minutes, Then I removed it from the water and let it drain for a couple of minutes. In a separate pan I sauteed some onion, garlic and spicy prosciutto ( though bacon would work nicely). Next I tossed the drained broccoli rab into the pan with the tasty bits and cooked for about 4 minutes. Here was the result:
a tasty pile of strong tasting greens with a nice complement from the salty , spicy prosciutto. Verdict ? Much better, interesting taste and would definitely have this one again. I think this dish would go best as a side with some mild flavored meat or even a simple omelet.
Good news it that we expanded our already vast vegetable kingdom- always a good thing. The green world has so many delicious, versatile things to offer. To the haters, I say don't discard the veggie- discard the way you had it prepared . Give it another whirl using a different method ( hate it boiled ? try it raw, roasted, fried, sauteed or some other way) . Look to different mentors to inspire you- you have no further to go that Cooking Channel, Food Network or Youtube to learn a new way to prepare something. And if the mentor proves to be as yummy to look at, it's win-win situation.