Beef, Broccoli Rabe and Provolone Panini

Beef, Broccoli Rabe and Provolone Panini Recipe
Photo: Christina Holmes
This is a stellar combination of juicy roast beef with bitter broccoli rabe and melty provolone cheese.


Total time: 30 Minutes

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Food & Wine

Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes


1 pound broccoli rabe, trimmed and chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
24 slices (thin) provolone cheese
6 soft hoagie, hero or torta rolls, split
1 1/2 pounds leftover beef tenderloin or deli roast beef, sliced
1/4 cup Peppadew peppers, chopped


Preheat a panini press or griddle. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe and cook until bright green, about 3 minutes. Drain well.

In a large skillet, heat the 1/4 cup of oil. Add the minced garlic, anchovy paste and crushed red pepper and cook over moderately high heat for 10 seconds. Add the broccoli rabe and season with salt. Cover and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli rabe is tender, about 5 minutes.

Layer 2 slices of provolone on the bottom of each roll. Top with the broccoli rabe, roast beef, Peppadews and the remaining provolone. Close the rolls and brush lightly with oil. Grill the sandwiches until toasted and the cheese is melted, about 7 minutes. Serve hot.