What’s the Difference between Broccoli, Broccolini and Broccoli Rabe?
Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family. While most often used for its large florets, the entire plant is edible. Broccolini is a hybrid vegetable that is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. It has smaller florets, edible leaves and is more mild-tasting than broccoli. Broccoli rabe is actually not related to broccoli at all and is in the turnip family. It has thin stalks with dark green leaves and a much more bitter, earthy flavor than broccoli.
Mediterranean Roasted Broccolini
Add 1-1/4 pounds broccolini to salted boiling water and cook over high heat for 2 minutes, transfer broccolini to bowl of ice water. Once cool, drain and pat dry.
Toss together broccolini with 1 small thinly sliced lemon, 4 thinly sliced diagonally garlic cloves, 1-1/2 tablespoons Schnucks olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Spread in single layer on rimmed baking pan. Roast broccolini in 400°F oven for 20 minutes or until tender-crisp.
Sprinkle broccolini with 1/2 cup reduced fat crumbled feta cheese, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves and 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, if desired. Serve immediately. Serves 4.