On any given day if I ask my Husband what he wants for dinner most of the time the response will be “Chicken? Maybe fish? Or we haven’t had a steak in a long time”. Never does he lead with “how about eggplant? or broccoli?”.
Therefore I sometimes have to be sneaky when it comes to dinner. You see, I wanted something remotely healthy and full of vegetables, I had this Broccoli Rabe Sausage Bake in mind. Mainly because I had broccoli rabe, cherry tomatoes, sausages and cheese in the fridge already. But trying to sell a bunch of vegetables for dinner, even with the addition of sausages is a hard task sometimes.
Knowing that if I had grilled the sausages and put the broccoli rabe on the side, even with caramelized onions and sweet cherry tomatoes, he would have eaten the meat first then picked at the veg.
Chop it all up, cover with abundant cheese and broil until it is all bubbly and gooey, and you have a veggie filled dinner everyone enjoys, especially me!
Sometimes trickery works.
- 4 spicy turkey sausages, or any kind you prefer
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 bunch of broccoli rabe, washed and cut into bite size pieces
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese, or whatever cheese you prefer
First cook the sausages until no longer pink at center, set aside.
Get a large pot of water to a rolling boil, add a liberal amount of salt.
Add broccoli and stir, cook about 2 mins then remove to a ice bath then drain well.
In a large skillet add olive oil and onion and cook over low heat until soft.
Then increase heat and cook onion until nicely browned and caramelized.
Add the garlic and cook another minute, then turn off the heat.
Add the broccoli, tomatoes, and sausages chopped or left whole your choice, mix it all up a bit.
Top with the cheese and place under the broiler until cheese melted and nicely browned.
I have made this same dish without par boiling the broccoli rabe first, I just cooked it with the cooked onion until fork tender. Both work well. Also, you could add a more substantial crust by topping with a mixture of about 1 cup of gf bread crumbs with enough olive oil to form a paste, add some chopped garlic, salt and fresh parsley. Sprinkle with cheese and broil.