So this is a Pugliese take on a Naples classic! The usual recipe would be salsicce (sausages) with friarielli but tonight I’ve swapped it for cime di rapa.
Cime di rapa and friarielli are both cruciferous vegetables that kind of look like the love child of broccoli and kale. Cime di rapa is native to Puglia whereas Friarielli are found in Campania which is why I’ve done the old switcharoo this eve 😉
Both are equally as tasty and healthy and go fantastically with some good quality sausages to make a balanced yet very filling meal. I appreciate for those of you living outside of Italy they will be pretty hard to get your hands on so just swap them with some broccoli and kale if you can’t find any.
So take a look below at how to prepare the cime di rapa and have a go yourself!!
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 1kg of cime di rapa
- 6 good quality pork sausages
- half a clover of garlic
- 1 peperoncino
- olive oil
Preparing the cime di rapa
So when you get your rapa it will basically look like over grown spinach or kale with some little broccoli buds sprouting from the bottom. The parts that are edible are the leaves, the little shoots and broccoli buds. You’ll need to spend about 10 minutes ripping these parts off and then giving them a good rinse.
Once the rapa is clean, put it in a pan of salted boiling water and boil down for 10 minutes. Then leave it in a colander to drain for 15 minutes.
Preparing the rest of the meal
- Once the rapa has drained, put a splash of olive oil in a pan with the garlic and peperoncino and let it flavour the oil.
- After 5 minutes, add the rapa to the pan and mix together. Cover with a lid a leave on a medium-low heat.
- In the meantime add some olive oil to a frying pan on a high heat and then add the sausages. Let them fry for 10 minutes until they’re brown on all sides.
- Cover the pan with a lid and leave them for a further 10 minutes so that they cook all around and not just on the bottom.
- Once the sausages are cooked serve them together with the rapa.
And there you have it! Salsicce con le cime di rapa!!
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