Broccoli Rabe & Sausage with Chickpeas

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Broccoli Rabe & Sausage with Chickpeas
Broccoli rabe & sausage with white beans are a classic. Traditionally the broccoli rabe and sausage are cooked separately and combined prior to serving. I cook the rabe and sausage together in a hot oven. First the sausage to render a little fat pulling the sausage about half cooked. Add the rabe, give it a good mix with a touch of crushed red pepper. “Dinner: Changing the Game” Melissa Clark’s latest wonderful work includes a recipe featuring chickpeas cooked in the oven with rendered chicken fat. Why not try this with sausage & broccoli rabe and substitute chickpeas for white beans. The results were fantastic.
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 35-45 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 35-45 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 450F add a sheet pan or baking dish large enough to hold broccoli rabe and let dish get hot.
  2. Place chickpeas in a bowl add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, paprika and cumin and a good pinch of salt. Mix to combine place aside.
  3. Bring a small saucepan to a boil with water. Add the sliced lemon(or Meyer lemon if possible) boil for 1 minute. Remove with strainer and add to chickpeas.
  4. Remove sausage from casing and make disks the size of a silver dollar. Add sausage to hot pan and return to oven, cook for 3-5 minutes until bottom side is browned. Remove pan and flip sausage, return to oven and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from oven put sausage on plate.
  5. Add chickpea mixture to pan, return to oven a cook for 20 minutes until crispy. Remove chickpeas and place in a bowl.
  6. Add the rabe to the roasting pan. The rabe with sizzle, quickly add salt and black/red pepper mix around with tongs and place back in oven. After 5-10 minutes, the leaves on the top and side will be begin to look dried out. Remove pan, stir rabe around add sausage place back in oven for 5-10 minutes until cooked thru.
  7. Place rabe & sausage on a serving platter add the chickpeas and squeeze the remaining half of lemon over top and serve.

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