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Italian Broccoli Rabe Grinder


"A favorite Italian grinder growing up found only in fine traditional Italian restaurants."
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35 m servings 800 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 sandwiches)


  • Calories:
  • 800 kcal
  • 40%
  • Fat:
  • 58.2 g
  • 89%
  • Carbs:
  • 38.3g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 30.9 g
  • 62%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 1310 mg
  • 52%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Heat olive oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Stir garlic into the oil; cook and stir until softened but not browned, about 1 minute. Add the crushed red pepper and pepperoni; cook and stir to blend flavors, about 1 additional minute.
  2. Stir in the broccoli rabe, coating the leaves well with oil. Cover and cook until broccoli rabe is fully wilted and soft, about 15 minutes. Season with salt.
  3. Place a piece of cheese on cut side of each roll; fill with the broccoli rabe mixture. Serve warm.


  • Cook's Notes
  • Soak the broccoli rabe in clean, cold water before cooking to be sure to remove any grit.
  • The key to cooking these is they need to be tender, (like cooked spinach) simmering covered until tender is the key once they've reduced in size.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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I still can't figure out the relation to the dish from the comment above, but this is a fabulous traditional grinder. Add prosciutto (aged Italian ham) and it's over the top!!

Mine ended up tasting like a lot of pepperoni in a cheap sandwich. However, I didn't follow the directions. I used about double the pepperoni and left out the red pepper flakes. I also used beet...

5 STARS! Archie Bunker was a great cook off camera!

Moved this into the rotation after getting great reviews from the entire family. Made the broccoli version and did a spicy Italian sausage version. Wrapped the grinders in foil and put the in th...

Delicious! The only change I made was that I used a whole grain tortilla instead of the Italian roll.

Excellent! I wouldn't change a thing.