Rapini With Chile And Meyer Lemon Recipe
A simple vegetarian side dish with a spicy kick
I like to present rapini (another name for broccoli rabe) as a really straightforward dish. Blanch rapini or broccoli, or any green in the broccoli family, in salted boiling water for less than a minute depending on thickness. Toss in olive oil, a little Fresno chile or red pepper flakes, and the grated zest and juice of a lemon or Meyer lemon if you can get it. Add garlic or anchovy for a little more action. Or add toasted pine nuts and currants for more textural contrast.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add enough salt so that it tastes like the saltwater of the sea.
- In a bowl, whisk the olive oil, lemon zest and juice, and red pepper flakes or Fresno chile together until combined.
- Drop the rapini into the boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds. Drain, shaking the colander forcefully to remove as much water as possible, and transfer to the bowl with the dressing.
- Toss well, transfer to a serving dish, and sprinkle with the Maldon salt and a few cranks of black pepper.