I had never had Broccoli Rabe until I met my Italian husband. And now I think I love it more than many Italians! It is probably my favorite green vegetable. Broccoli Rabe has a depth of flavor that isn’t found in a lot of other green veggies. Many people don’t like it because it can have a bitter flavor. If prepared properly, however, it is a whole lot of deliciousness. In New York, at the Italian grocers’, you can buy this already prepared from the deli counters, here in California, I have to make it myself; which isn’t hard but definitely limits how often I get it!
Be sure to take the time to par boil the vegetable. This step minimizes much of the bitterness.