Grilled bread, rapini, poached egg

May 28, 2024 Published by Dina

Do you like cime di rapa, aka rapini or broccoli rabe? It is bitter for sure but you can remove some of the bitterness by blanching in boiling water and replacing the water once or twice. For me it’s way too much work so I just boil it for a few minutes, drain and squeeze out excess water. I personally like some bitterness in food, like in radicchio, grapefruits etc., it suits my palate.

This is a simple dish that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can also omit the egg story all together and enjoy it as rapini crostini topped with plenty of shaved parmesan. It is delish. 

To make it with the egg and hollandaise:

Trim a bunch of rapini removing the tougher end of the stem. Cut into smaller pieces. Drop into boiling water until cooked through. Remove, drain and squeeze gently to remove excess liquid. 

Heat olive oil in a skillet, add a couple of cloves of garlic, smashed, and cook until fragrant. Add the rapini, season with salt and pepper, and stir until it is coated with the oil. 

Brush a slice of sourdough with olive oil, grill on a panini maker or another grill. 

Spread goat cheese over the bread. 

Spoon the rapini over. 

Top with poached egg and drizzle with blender hollandaise.

Blender hollandaise:

Place 2 yolks into the container of an immersion blender. Add juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Start blending and drizzle in 1/2 cup melted butter (cooled). Keep lifting the blender as you blend. This should result in cream like texture.

To poach the egg:
Break the egg carefully into a small strainer set over a bowl. Let the runny part of the eggwhite drain for a minute then discard and place the egg in the small bowl. Bring a small pot of water to a boil, reduce heat to barely a simmer. Add Tbs of white vinegar. Use a whisk to create a whirlpool and slide the egg into the center of it. The whites should wrap themselves around the yolk and not float all over the place. Cook for 3 minutes (set timer). While the egg is cooking pour ice and ice water into a small bowl. When time is up for the egg remove it gently with a small strainer and lower into the ice water to stop the cooking. You can do this ahead. To reheat lower the eggs into lightly simmering water for a few seconds to warm up.

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