Polenta With Broccoli Rabe
Polenta Verde Calabrese ~ This colorful polenta dish is flavored with broccoli rabe and pancetta, and then is served with a selection of assorted cheeses.
Serves 4 to 6
by Deborah Mele
3-4 Cups Chopped, Cleaned Cima di Rape (Broccoli Rabe)
2 Cups Polenta
1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Pancetta, Cooked, Reserving Drippings
Red Pepper Flakes
Bring 3 liters of water to a boil with a pinch of salt. Add the broccoli rabe and cook for a minute. Begin to add the cornmeal in a slow stream, stirring continuously. Simmer, and stir for about 25 minutes. Add the pancetta and red pepper flakes, and cook another 10 minutes or until tender. Season with the red pepper flakes. Once cooked, pour onto a board and leave for about 5 minutes. Serve each helping with a selection of cheeses, or some tasty grilled sausages.