Broccoli Rabe Panini with Mozzarella

I happen to like broccoli rabe.  I know it is a pallet controversial vegetable.  A previous grilled cheese sandwich turned me on to it in the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook.  Until then, I’m not sure I had ever had it.  October seems like the perfect month for grilled cheese sandwich at tomato soup, so here we go!

Track down Broccoli Rabe.  (not the easiest of the veg to find)IMG_4149

Saute your onions until they start to brown a bit.


Add garlic and some red pepper flakes and your chopped broccoli rabe. IMG_4151

Cook down a bit and meld flavors.


Pile on your sandwich with some slice mozzarella.


I don’t own a panini press- so I did the grill pan/ balancing pan method.  There must be a better way…


This took about eight minutes on one side and five on the other.  (Not sure what moderate heat means- but medium seemed to work fine)

Cut and plate.  If you’re feeling kind to yourself, you will make your favorite tomato soup to serve with.


Mark was late this night.  I made one sandwich with the intention of saving him half.  That did not happen.  I gobbled up the whole thing and had to make him another one when he got home.


It is my own sandwich nirvana.  Loved it.  I EVEN liked it more than the one in Dahlia Bakery.  (Sorry Tom) It makes me want to invest in a panini press.  For those of you who want to buy me something for Christmas- I’ve provided this link for your convenience.

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2 Responses to Broccoli Rabe Panini with Mozzarella

  1. meeganders says:

    Hmmm. . .this sandwich may just change my mind about broccoli rabe.

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