This is a classic Italian combo—grapes and sausage—paired with pleasantly bitter broccoli rabe to balance the sweetness.
1 pound broccoli rabe, trimmed and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 (4-ounce) links hot or sweet pork Italian sausage, casings removed
3 cups green grapes, sliced in half lengthwise
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup white wine or water
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved (about 1/4 cup)
How to Make It
Cook broccoli rabe in boiling water 1 1/2 minutes; drain and rinse with cold water. Drain well. Place in a large bowl. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage; cook for 6 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add grapes, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cook for 2 minutes or until grapes begin to soften. Add sausage mixture to broccoli rabe.
Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 2 minutes or until soft. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Add remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, sausage mixture, and vinegar. Toss to combine; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with cheese; serve immediately.
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Easy and delicious, and definitely interesting flavors. I used red grapes because I had them on hand, but stuck to the recipe otherwise. I had the leftovers for lunch, and I'm on my way to adding this to one of my favorite dishes.
This was a good easy recipe. I had bought Broccoli Rabe at our farmers market this morning and I just happen to see this recipe after I got home. It sounded so strange that I had to make it. I used green grapes because I thought it may be to sweet with red. I don't think it would have mattered. The sweet was there but so was the savory, bitter and sour. This is a stand alone meal but it could easily have pasta, mushrooms or even something crunchy like peanuts or fried wonton skins thrown in. Will make again and pass on to family and friends
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