broccoli rabe

\ -ˌräb How to pronounce broccoli rabe (audio) \
variants: or less commonly broccoli raab \ -​ˌräb How to pronounce broccoli raab (audio) , -​ˌrab \ or broccoli rab \ -​ˌräb How to pronounce  broccoli rab (audio) , -​ˌrab \

Definition of broccoli rabe

: a garden brassica (Brassica rapa ruvo) that is related to the turnip and produces edible leafy branching stalks and compact clusters of yellow florets

called also rapini

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Blanch broccoli rabe until tender, about 2 minutes and transfer to ice bath. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "6 Fresh Takes on Pesto," 3 Aug. 2018 Philly’s most noteworthy contribution to the wide world of meat-on-bread is the Italian roast pork sandwich, topped with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "This Slow Cooker Roast Pork Sandwich Wins Championships," 31 Jan. 2018 Add broccoli rabe, drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and toss to combine. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Broccoli Rabe and Potato Pizza with Caesar Salad," 17 Aug. 2018 Make filling: Combine the broccoli rabe, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan and egg in a food processor; process until smooth. Debbi Snook,, "Anne Burrell's Eggplant Rollatini (recipe)," 21 Feb. 2018 At the buffet table, his cultural delicacies are set out right alongside mine: the galbi next to the gnocchi, the kimchi beside the broccoli rabe. Diane Farr, Redbook, "Why Can't We Celebrate Everything?," 8 Dec. 2011 Add ½ teaspoon salt and ½ pound broccoli rabe (about half of a medium bunch), thick ends trimmed, and cook until just wilted, about 1 minute. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 Toss pasta with broccoli rabe mixture and serve immediately. Country Living, "Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe," 14 July 2012 Stir in broccoli rabe, water and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Daniel Neman, charlotteobserver, "Cooking for one doesn’t have to be a problem," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of broccoli rabe

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for broccoli rabe

regularization (conformed to broccoli) of any of various southern Italian dialect forms, such as Neapolitan vruoccole de rapa, literally, "flower stalks of the turnip"

Note: The spellings rabe, raab reflect English perceptions of a lenis stop and reduced or absent vowel in the southern Italian forms.

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