Broccoli Rabe with Paprika Potatoes
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchens
Recipe courtesy Food Network Kitchens
Broccoli rabe pairs well with the warmth and depth of smoked paprika. Cooking the pepper in oil activates its flavor-but don't let it go[ too long or it will become bitter. If you have a lemon on hand, grate a little zest right into the pan before the final toss.]
Fill a 12-inch high-sided skillet with 2 inches of water, cover and bring to a boil. Trim 1/4 inch from the stem ends of the broccoli rabe (as they can be dried out) and discard.
Add 1 tablespoon salt and the trimmed broccoli rabe to the boiling water. Boil until the stems are tender when pierced with a knife, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove with tongs to a colander to drain. When cool enough to handle, press out as much excess water as possible from the broccoli rabe, and then chop into 1- to 2-inch pieces. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
Quarter the potatoes and slice the garlic into thin slivers.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the potatoes, cut-side down, and cook until browned, about 4 minutes. Turn with tongs or a slotted spoon to the other cut side and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes more.
Lower the heat to medium, add the garlic and stir until it softens a bit, about 1 minute. Stir in the paprika until the potatoes are coated, about 30 seconds more. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Add the reserved cooking water and bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook the potatoes until tender when pierced with a knife, about 5 more minutes. If there is still a lot of water in the skillet, uncover, increase the heat and reduce until only 2 to 3 tablespoons remain, enough to coat the broccoli rabe. Add the chopped broccoli rabe to the skillet and toss to coat. Drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil and serve.
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