Tuscan Style Broccolini (or Rapini) with Garlic & Onions!

Tuscan Style Broccolini (or Rapini) with Garlic & Onions!

Posted by The Flavor Chef on Aug 17th 2017

I have been making these greens this way since I started cooking in 1988. I was working in one of the first noted Tuscan restaurants in America and, at the very beginning of my career and the slow food cooking movement. I personally love the flavor of Rapini (or Broccoli Rabe) but many do not like its bitter taste. This recipe will work for both baby broccoli (broccolini) or broccoli rabe (rapini). By adding sweet onions and by using our signature Organic Chicken Bone Broth, the broccoli softens and sweetens, and the broth and onions add sweetness and added nutritional benefits! I adapted here to use a 50/50 combination of ghee and coconut oil as both have a higher smoke point than olive oil. We can then use the olive oil to finish with and, by never heating the olive oil, we get the full health benefits!


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Tuscan Style Broccolini (or Rapini) with Garlic & Onions

2 tbs ghee or coconut oil (or mix) 1 cup thin julienne onions (about 1 onion, sweet variety if available)
4 cloves of garlic chards, thin sliced 2 bunch broccolini or rapini, cleaned & trimmed if necessary
1/2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp red chili flakes (optional)
1/2 to 1 cup The Flavor Chef Organic Chicken Bone Broth 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 to 4 tbs nutritional yeast flakes, for topping olive oil, for finishing


Method:

On medium to high heat, in an appropriate size saute pan, place the ghee or coconut oil. Add the julienne sliced onions and the chards of garlic. Season with salt and optional chili flakes (this will increase the heat of the flakes as the oil will bloom the salt and the flakes). Allow this mixture to cook until the onions are translucent and the garlic is slightly brown. Now, add the broccoli component and toss gently or combine using tongs. Allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes and add the 1/2 to 1 cup of The Flavor Chef Organic Chicken Bone Broth. Place a lid on the pan and allow the broccoli to steam and soften for 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender. Note: Broccoli is easier to digest when cooked well as the fiber in the stems breaks down.

When ready, toss in the Parmesan cheese and/or nutritional yeast flakes. Place in a serving dish and drizzle with olive oil. Congratulations, you just made authentic Tuscan style broccolini!