Updated 07/18/2012 12:29 PM
Cooking at Home: Italian Style Greens and Beans with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes
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approx. 3 cups cherry tomatoes
approx. 4-6 cups chopped rapini
approx. 4-6 cup chopped escarole
olive oil as needed for sauteing
2 large cloves garlic, finely minced
2 15-ounce cans white beans
pinch red pepper flakes
approx. 1/4 - 1/3 cup water
8-12 slices country bread, grilled or toasted (optional)
extra virgin olive oil for garnish
grated parmesan cheese for garnish
(See hints below) Add a splash of olive oil to a large heavy bottomed pot on medium high heat and when the oil is hot, add 2-3 cups of cherry tomatoes and toss those around and cook them until they're blistered all around.
Then take those out of the pan and put them on a plate off to the side and start cooking the greens by adding the chopped rapini.
Add a little more olive oil if you need to and once the rapini has cooked down a bit, add the chopped escarole and cook that until it has wilted down.
Once the escarole has wilted down, make a little well in the center, add a little more olive oil and add 2 large minced cloves of garlic. Cook that for a minute and add 2 15-ounce cans of white beans.
Let that simmer along for 4-5 minutes to warm through and you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes if you like and add a little splash of water if you think it needs it. Then add the cherry tomatoes back to the pan and let those warm through for a minute.
Then it's time to eat. Serve it up over the top of the sliced grilled bread, if you're using it, and finish with a little more extra virgin olive oil and grated parmesan cheese.
Cooking the cherry tomatoes first can cause the pan to char a bit. It can be a fine line whether or not it is a bad thing for cooking the rest of the dish. To be on the safe side, you can use a separate pan to cook the tomatoes.
Use a splatter guard over the top of the pan while blistering the tomatoes to keep the stovetop clean. Use more of one kind of green if you don't have both.
It's not necessary but you can plan ahead and grill or toast some country bread to serve with it.