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Boston Ballet Principal John Lam Shares His Spin on Broccoli Rappi

John Lam and his two sons, Santino and Giovanni. Courtesy Lam.

When Boston Ballet principal John Lam was first launched to broccoli rappi (often known as broccoli rabe or rapini) by his Italian husband, he wasn’t a fan of the bitter style, nor the normal preparations, which he discovered both too soggy or too al dente for his liking. So he determined to strive his personal spin, splitting the distinction in cooking time and including in onions for extra taste. “It’s an Italian staple, however I put together it the way in which my mom cooks her Vietnamese delicacies,” says Lam.

Now the dish is a household go-to—even his two children, ages 6 and eight, like it. They eat it about each different day, including it to pasta or rice, or having it chilly with toast or crackers. “It’s a wholesome inexperienced many individuals don’t consider,” says Lam. “And it’s straightforward to cook dinner, particularly throughout theater days while you’re getting residence fairly late.”


• 1 bunch broccoli rappi 
• 2 tbsps olive oil
• 1/2 candy onion, chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, minced 
• 1/2 cup white wine (or water)
• 1 tbsp olive oil 
• salt and pepper, to style
• pink pepper flakes (non-compulsory)


1 Wash, dry and minimize rappi into lengths of 1/2 an inch, together with leaves and stems.
2 Warmth 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a deep pan to medium-high. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes, till translucent.
3 Add rappi and sauté till the leaves are wilted, 1 minute. (If it’s cooking too quick, add just a little water or decrease the warmth.)
4 Add garlic and proceed to sauté for an additional 2 minutes, then add wine and let simmer for two minutes. The rappi ought to look wilted however have a slight crunch to the stems.
5 As soon as the liquid has evaporated, take away from the warmth and add 1 desk­spoon of olive oil and the salt and pepper; cowl for 3 minutes. When able to serve, add pink pepper flakes if you would like just a little kick.


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