Sausages, Rabes and Ricotta on Ciabatta
- 2 pounds Italian hot sausages
- 3 Tbsp. EVOO
- 1 heat broccoli rabe
- 5 cloves garlic, 4 thinly sliced, 1 halved
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 Tbsp. thyme
- 1 loaf ciabetta
In a medium skillet bring one inch of water to a boil. Add the sausages and parboil over medium heat, 6-8 minutes. Drizzle with a little EVOO, place on the grill and crisp the casings, 5-6 minutes.
Trim the rabes, bring a pot of water to a boil, salt, add the rabes and cook for 5 minutes. While the broccoli rabe is working, in a skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of EVOO over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and crushed red pepper. Drain the rabes and add to the garlic oil, turn to coat and turn off the heat. Season the broccoli rabe with salt and a little nutmeg and transfer to grill to char the edges, about 2 minutes on each side.
In a bowl, combine ricotta, milk, a little EVOO, thyme, salt and pepper.
Char the bread on the grill. Rub with the halved garlic and slather with ricotta mixture. Serve with the sausages and broccoli rabe.