Saturday, May 11, 2013

How to prepare broccoli rabe for your Italian roast pork sandwiches!

Broccoli Rabe


Broccoli rabe is a variety of broccoli. It has long, thin, leafy stalks topped with small florets that look like tiny broccoli florets. The florets or flowers are quite delicate; the leaves slightly bitter.

Once highly prized by the Romans and cultivated all over the southern Mediterranean, broccoli rabe didn't appear in North America until the 1920s, when Italian farmers brought it to the United States. For years broccoli rabe was favored mainly in the Italian and Asian communities here.
At the market you'll usually find broccoli rabe displayed in a refrigerator case sprinkled with ice because it wilts very easily. Choose firm, green, small stems with compact heads. Like broccoli, the flower buds that make up the florets should be tightly closed and dark green, not open or yellow. The Andy Boy label is the top of the line when it comes to broccoli rabe and should be bought whenever possible.

Store broccoli rabe in your refrigerator crisper unwashed, either wrapped in a wet towel or in a plastic bag. It will keep two or three days. For longer storage, blanch and freeze.


Total Time: 20 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 – 6 servings


  • 4 bunches (12 to 16 ounces each) broccoli rabe (rapini), stems trimmed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt


Working in batches, cook the broccoli rabe in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp tender, about 1 minute per bunch. Transfer the broccoli rabe to a large bowl of ice water to cool. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Strain the cooled broccoli rabe and set aside.

Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until the garlic is golden, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the broccoli rabe and toss to coat. Add the reserved cooking water, and cook until the broccoli rabe is heated through and the stems are tender, about 4 minutes. Salt to taste and toss before serving.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Philadelphia, PA - Philly Roast Pork at these food stores

In case you haven't heard the news, Mastrocola's Famous Philly Roast Pork is now available at 30 different Giant Food Store locations in the area! And, several other retailers. We are so excited to be able to bring our own family recipe from the supermarket to your table. Find us at the following locations. Be sure to stop in to pick up some of our Famous Philly Roast Pork for yourself today. Just heat and eat!

George’s Dreshertown Shop n Bag       1650 Limekiln Pike (Retail & Hot Foods)
Bethayres Market in Huntingdon Valley 650 Welsh Rd. (Retail & Hot Foods)
CreekSide Co-op in Elkins Park             7909 High School Rd.

30 Giant® Food Stores - Heat & Serve section of the Meat Dept.
Audubon                - 2670 Egypt Rd.
Plymouth Meeting  - 2450 Chemical Rd.
Blue Bell                - 750 Dekalb Pike
King of Prussia      - 310 S. Henderson Rd.
Conshohocken      - 10 Ridge Pike
Royersford            - 967 S. Township Line Rd.
Wynnewood          - 50 E. Wynnewood Rd.
Limerick                - 1824 E. Ridge Pike
Springfield            - 721 W. Sproul Rd.
Lionville                - 168 Eagleview Blvd.
Phoenixville          - 700 Nutt Rd.
North Wales         - 1201 Knapp Rd.
NE Philadelphia   - 2550 Grant Ave.
Spring House       - 563 Spring House Village Center
West Chester       - 1375 E. Boot Rd.
Warminster          - 720 W. Street Rd.
St. David’s           - 550 E. Lancaster Ave.
Exton                   - 141 E. Swedesford Rd.
Aldan                   - 539 N. Oak Ave.
Brookhaven         - 4801 Edgmont Ave.
Broomall              - 2910 Springfield Rd.
Lansdowne          - 300 E. Baltimore Ave.
Willow Grove       - 315 York Rd.
New Britain          - 200 Town Center
Flourtown             - 1844 Bethlehem Pike
Springfield            - 950 Baltimore Pike
Horsham               - 314 Horsham Rd.
Hatfield                 - 1540 Cowpath Rd.
Souderton             - 760 Pennsylvania 113 (Hilltown Shopping Center)
Feasterville           - 1055 Bustleton Pike