First things first

Ricotta and broccoli raab sandwich

Good technique: Rustic bread, sweet caramel, fresh ricotta and a shake of the Japanese red peppers make for a memorable sandwich. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

4. Scatter on roasted broccolini.

5. Shake on a little shichimi. If you like, drizzle with a spoonful of caramel. Enjoy warm.

Roasted broccolini:

1. Slice 1 bunch broccolini into bite-size pieces.

2. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 clove chopped garlic.

3. Season with coarse salt and freshly ground pepper.

4. Spread out on a parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet.

5. Slide into a 425-degree oven and roast until deliciously browned, about 8 minutes.

5. Toss with 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

Note: Shichimi togarashi (aka simply shichimi) is a Japanese blend of red pepper, orange peel and other spices, available in the Asian foods aisle. If you don't have any handy, a pinch of red or black pepper will do.

Provenance: Inspired by Birdbath Bakery in New York City.

Featured Stories

CTnow is using Facebook comments on stories. To comment on ctnow.com articles, sign into Facebook and enter your comment in the field below. Comments will appear in your Facebook News Feed unless you choose otherwise. To report spam or abuse, click the X next to the comment. For guidelines on commenting, click here.