My Dirty Confession

Anyone who knows me knows that I am Greek…and that, like all of my other fellow Greeks, I am VERY proud of it. In other words, in short, like any good Greek girl does, I believe the following about Greeks: they are the most gorgeous beings on this planet (John Stamos Uncle Jessie, I’m talking about you), they have the most beautiful country (Santorini, I mean comeeee on), have the best culture (OPA!), the warmest personalities, and the most delicious cuisine. Basically, being Greek is the bomb.com. However, my dirty confession — and you have to promise you WON”T tell my mama and baba — is that I kinda sorta really love Italian food (in addition to of course, gyros, dolmades, etc.) I mean, I have to hand it to our cousins across the Ionian…they can cook! Anyway, today I had a major craving for one of my all time favorite Italian dishes: Broccoli Rabe with Sausage. Check out the deets below.

By the way, what were you guys expecting my dirty confession to be?  ;)

Ingredients:

Broccoli Rabe (2 bundles)

Sweet Italian Sausage (3-4 average size links)

Ground Chili Pepper (to taste)

Olive Oil (to coat the pan)

Oregano (1/2 a tsp)

Salt (to taste)

Garlic (to taste, but I reco. 1 clove (~1/4 a tbsp. when sliced)

Optional: Lemon (just a few squeezes here and there); Cheese (Parmesan, Manchego, etc.)

Directions:

1) Trim off the rough ends of the broccoli rabe and boil in salted water until al dente.

2) Cut sausage links into bite sizes pieces and sauté  in a separate – lightly oiled – pan on medium-high until both sides are browned; Add oregano and a light dusting of chili pepper.

3) Once sausage is browned on both sides, add minced garlic and cook on LOW. Add in the cooked broccoli rabe to the pan and mix (works best with tongs).

4) Squeeze some lemon over the entire dish and top with the thinly grated cheese of your choice.

5) Enjoy! I mean, Opa! Or Mangia! OR….I just hope ya like it, k?

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