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Sausage and Clams With Polenta

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Serves 4
Ingredients:

For the  polenta, See the following recipe
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 bunch broccoli rabe, florets chopped, or 1/2 head escarole, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 pound sweet Italian sausages, cut into chunks
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup dry white wine
16 littleneck clams, scrubbed
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions:
Prepare the polenta and keep warm, until ready to serve.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and broccoli rabe, season with salt and pepper and cook until the broccoli rabe is slightly tender, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the sausage to the pot and cook until just brown, breaking it up with a spoon, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the wine, bring to a boil and cook 3 minutes.

Add the clams; cover and cook over medium-high heat until the clams open, 5 to 7 minutes (discard any that do not open). Return the broccoli rabe to the pot and season with salt and pepper. Divide the polenta among bowls and top with the sausage-clam mixture and cooking liquid. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

 

Creamy Polenta

 Serves 6

 Ingredients:
5 cups water, milk, or chicken or vegetables stock (See Cook’s Notes)
1 cup medium or coarse yellow cornmeal (See Cook’s Notes)
Kosher salt, to taste
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or extra-virgin olive oil

 

Directions:
Pre-soak the  cornmeal, which requires advance planning but cuts cooking time roughly in half, combine water with cornmeal in a large mixing bowl and let stand, covered, at room temperature overnight. When ready to cook, scrape soaked cornmeal and water into a large saucier or saucepan and set over high heat.

Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Let boil, stirring frequently, until polenta thickens enough that it starts to  sputter or “spit”. Lower heat immediately to prevent spitting and continue to cook, stirring frequently with a spoon or silicone spatula and scraping bottom to prevent scorching, until polenta becomes thick and pulls away from side of saucepan, for  about 30 minutes. Taste and season with salt.

Stir in butter or olive oil using either a spoon, silicon spatula, or whisk. If the polenta forms lumps, beat vigorously with a stiff whisk to remove the lumps. If polenta becomes too firm or begins to set, add a small amount of water, stock, or milk, and beat in with a whisk until fully incorporate and no lumps remain.

Serve right away with accompaniment of your choice, or scrape into a vessel and chill until set, then cut into pieces for grilling, searing, or frying.

Cook’s Notes:
Any medium or coarse cornmeal will work here, whether the package says “polenta” or not; avoid instant polenta, which promises a quick cooking time in exchange for sub-par flavor and texture.

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Chicken and Black Truffle Sausage with Broccoli Rabe

Sometimes, you just get inspired by what is left over in your refrigerator, like this experimental dish full of Italian flavors and Spring vegetables.

This dish is a little like one of my Grand’s creations. She never measured anything exactly and her dishes and desserts always came out perfectly with a” little of this” and a “little of that” and a “handful of this”. But for those who need exact measurements, I am still working on the perfect amounts for this particular creation in the “laboratory”.

The goodness is that the family loved it, the bad news is that there were no left overs…. lol!

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Broccoli Rabe with Sausage

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Don’t be daunted by the vegetable’s wild and unruly appearance; broccoli rabe is easy to cook. It’s great simply blanched and sautéed in olive oil, roasted until crisp or even pureed into a piquant pesto. Here, is a  fantastic recipe for broccoli rabe with sausage. Not only is is a great main dish that is quick and easy to make, but it also makes for a delicious filling for an Italian style sandwich.

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 pound broccoli rabe
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces hot Italian sausage—casings removed, meat crumbled
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Salt, to taste
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup grated Pecorino cheese

Directions:
In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the broccoli rabe until nearly tender, 4 minutes. Drain and cool under cold water. Squeeze and pat dry, then chop.

In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the sausage and cook over moderately high heat, breaking it up into small pieces, until browned. Add 3 more tablespoons of oil, the garlic and red pepper to the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Add the broccoli rabe and cook, stirring, until tender, 3 minutes. Season with salt. Add the lemon juice and toss. Serve with Pecorino.

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Seared Sea Scallops with Broccoli Rabe and Cannellini Beans

I love seafood, but sometimes, the recipes can be tedious and very time consuming, especiall3192y for the home cook that wants to incorporate more fish dishes in their daily cooking routines that can take less than 20 minutes to prepare.

Scallops make the ideal seafood that is quick and easy to prepare. If you are needing a break from the heavy winter comfort foods, you will find the Italian inspired flavors of this simple dish to be superb.

I usually keep a few cans of cannellini beans on hand in my pantry. Beans can be a great source of fiber in your diet. For the most part,cannellini beans are a variety of white beans popular in Central and Southern Italy, particularly in Tuscany. Other names for the bean include white kidney bean and fazolia bean. They are similar to white navy beans or haricots, as they are known in Britain. These large white beans are often mistaken for great northern beans, as the two are so alike in appearance.

Before cooking, cannellini beans must be thoroughly rinsed. When cooked, the cannellini bean is fluffy and creamy. They are typically known for their smooth texture and nutty flavor. In recipes that call for the beans, substitutions can be made with great northern or white navy beans.

Broccoli rabe is a green cruciferous vegetable. The edible parts are the leaves, buds, and stems. The buds somewhat resemble broccoli, but do not form a large head. Broccoli rabe is mostly associated with Italian and Portuguese cuisines. The flavor of has been described as nutty, bitter, and pungent. In terms of its nutritional values, it is a source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as potassium, calcium, and iron.

Always use freshest scallops available from your local fishmonger. In terms of cooking these gems of the sea, to get the best sear on your scallops, be sure to have your pan very hot and make sure the scallops are as dry as possible.

Serves 4
Ingredients:
1 pound bunch broccoli rabe, tough stems trimmed and discarded
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
One 15-ounce can of Cannelli beans, rinsed and drained
1 pound of sea scallop patted dry
1/2 fresh lemon

Directions:
Rinse the broccoli rabe well and leave water clinging to the leaves. Set aside.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until it turns golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in crushed red pepper, then immediately stir in broccoli rabe and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cover the pan, lower the heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring frequently, until broccoli rabe is tender, 8 to 10 minutes; add water a tablespoon at a time if the pan becomes dry. Stir in beans and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes more.

Transfer broccoli rabe and beans to a plate and cover to keep warm. Wipe out the skillet, place it over high heat and add remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Season scallops with remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook scallops until just browned, about 2 minutes per side. Squeeze lemon juice over scallops, remove them from the skillet and serve over the broccoli rabe and beans.

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