I changed this a bit. Here in Chipiona the vegetable are very fresh and incredibly local. So we don’t have the luxury of going the the grocery store and just getting any veggie a recipe calls for, whether in season or not. So I adapted. I couldn’t find Broccoli Rabe, so I got
Spinach. This recipe makes two large sandwiches or four smaller ones.
1 lb Broccoli Rabe (I used Spinach and half the amount since it is just me)
1 Tbs butter (grassed if possible)
1 Tbs Olive Oil + a little more to brush the bread (Make Paleo bread if you are so inclined!)
1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
Salt and Ground Pepper
1 Garlic Clove, minced
Pinch of red pepper flakes, if you like a little kick
Ciabatta loaf, sliced thinly (It’s a panini after all!)
1/4 lb Mozzarella (I didn’t need this much, I made one sandwich, so I used three small slices!)
If you have broccoli rabe remove and get rid of the stems. Cut the leaves into 1/2″ ribbons. I just threw spinach in a pan, so there’s the lazy approach. 😉
Heat butter and oil in your sauté pan. Add the onion and a bit of salt and pepper. My old OCD ways would have me measuring this our precisely. But I have learned to relax a bit from my husband, who is a great cook, to just go with it! It’s not baking! You know what you like! Start small and add more if you need; health concerns always first!
Throw in your onion until it browns a bit. Maybe 5min depending on your temperature.
Increase the heat to medium-high and add your rage/spinach, garlic, pepper flakes and sauté until the greens are tender; four minutes-ish. Season again with salt to your preference.
Make a Darn Sandwich!
Heat up a ridged grill pan on medium. If you have a panini press, you’re fancy and I’m jealous. Use that! If you’re like me, it’s time to MacGyver it. You can CAREFULLY place another heavy skillet on top to press your sandwich down.
Slice your bread loaves in half. Brush one side of each with olive oil. Place one slice, olive oil side down on the pan, top it with your rabe/spinach goodness and then place your slices of mozzarella on top of that. Make sure it covers all of it, you’ll want cheese in every bite! Place your second slice of bread on top, (olive oil side up!) Toast for 3-4min depending on your heat and then flip. Cut and eat while warm… It is sin in itself! Yum!
I found that one sandwich was more than enough for me! The genius part? You can use this rabe/spinach mix on other things, or simply heat it up and eat as a side dish. It’s delicious!