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Braised Broccoli Rabe Grilled Cheese

Try this delicious Braised Broccoli Rabe Grilled Cheese recipe


  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • Pinch chile flakes
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, bottom two inches cut off, washed
  • Lemon juice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • Soft butter
  • 8 slices bread
  • 2 Cups sharp Cheddar, grated


Sauté the garlic and chile flakes in the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet or dutch oven until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the broccoli rabe and salt; sauté until just starting to color, about 2 to 3 minutes more. Add 1/2 cup water to the pot, cover, and gently simmer for 1 hour. Give the broccoli rabe a stir a few times throughout the process. If the pan is dry add just a bit of water to keep the broccoli rabe from scorching.

After an hour the broccoli rabe will be very tender and slumped. Finish with just a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Butter one side of each slice of bread.

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add four slices of bread buttered side down, and top the bread with 1/4 of the broccoli rabe. On top of that add roughly 1/2 cup grated cheese. Top with another slice of bread, this time butter side up.

Grill until golden and the cheese has melted, about 3 minutes per side. Give the sandwich a gentle press with a spatula to compress the sandwich so the broccoli rabe and cheese really meld together. Serve immediately.