Sicilian-Style Broccoli Rabe with Eggplant and Capers
The root of this dish is a basic caponata, the Sicilian relish of eggplants cooked down in olive oil with capers, celery, onions, vinegar, and sugar. The bitterness of broccoli rabe adds yet another dimension to the already flavor-packed sauce.
Kale and Cabbage Gratin
This recipe is a great example of a rich, comforting vegetarian dish. Sure, it's loaded with healthy cabbage and its dark green cousin, kale. But it's also topped with cheese and butter. Vegetarian? Yes. Meager? Certainly not.
Crispy Creamy Fennel Gratin
Thinly sliced fennel is cooked simply in cream and baked under a blanket of breadcrumbs, herbs, and Pecorino Romano. It's light and bright from the fennel, comforting from the cream, and crunchy from the topping—like a classic potato gratin, but with more attitude.
Butter Beans with Kale and Eggs
Fat, creamy butter beans are a perfect match for salt pork, whose flavor they soak up while they cook. In such a hearty dish, braised kale keeps its integrity while tomatoes lend a bit of acidity to cut the richness.
Old-Style Mustard and Rosemary Asparagus
Tangy mustard and herbal rosemary flavor this roasted asparagus, finished with a shaving of lemon zest.
Macaroni and Cheese with Chickpeas and Spinach
It's kinda like getting your spinach dip and your mac and cheese all in one go (you can even add some chopped artichokes to the mix if you feel so inclined).
Crunchy Cauliflower Casserole
Cream, cheesy, and a mega-serving of vegetables—what's not to love? Cumin and nutmeg take the dish from standard to sensational, though you can leave them out or sub in new flavors if they're not your thing.
Swiss Chard, Fennel, and White Bean Gratin
Creamed Swiss chard makes nice with fennel, which is sautéed until it nearly disappears into the background, adding a subtle aniseed aroma to the dish without overwhelming it. White beans give the whole thing more body, and toasted, cheesy breadcrumbs top it off—because everything's better with toasted, cheesy breadcrumbs.
Braised Napa Cabbage with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola
As simple as it is satisfying, this warm salad gets added heft from caramelized shallots and a drizzle of heavy cream, and the gorgonzola melts into the vegetables to make a mild, creamy sauce.
Gingery Glazed Carrots
This recipe's thick, saucy glaze, infused with ginger and thyme, coats the carrots with a beautiful, flavorful sheen. Feel free to vary the seasonings as desired: orange zest works well, as do star anise, fennel, and chilies.