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Polenta and Broccoli Rabe with Blue Cheese




1. To oil-poach the broccoli rabe, fill a pot with enough water to cover the greens and bring to a rolling boil.

2. Meanwhile, if using bunch broccoli rabe, trim off any discolored tips from the bottom and use a paring knife to peel the skin off the thicker stems. Sever all the stems from the tops. Wash the greens in abundant cold water. Use pre-washed bagged broccoli rabe as is.

3. To the boiling water, add the 2 tablespoons kosher salt and the 3 tablespoons olive oil, followed by the prepared broccoli rabe. Cook over high heat for 4 minutes. Drain well and set aside.

4. In a large saucepan, bring the 5 cups cold water to a rapid boil over high heat. Add the polenta and salt. Cook according to package instructions. Use a wooden spoon to stir constantly in the same direction to prevent lumps from forming and to keep the boiling temperature constant. This is important if the polenta is to become properly soft and creamy. Cook until it is so thick that it begins to resist stirring and pulls away easily from the sides of the pan.


If the polenta is quite thick but still not pulling away easily from the pan, add a little more boiling water and continue to stir until it is ready. Pour into a large serving platter. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Using the back of a ladle, press a crater into the center. Arrange the cooked broccoli rabe in the crater and the crumbled gorgonzola around the polenta. Serve hot.


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