6 whole garlic cloves, peeled and crushed, plus 4 cloves peeled and thinly sliced
8 sprigs fresh thyme
10 plum tomatoes, stemmed and cut in half lengthwise
3 bunches broccoli rabe, stems trimmed up to the base of the leaves
3/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle 6 tablespoons oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Add whole garlic, thyme, and tomatoes, cut sides down. Bake until tomato skins blister, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven; peel off tomato skins. Lower oven to 325 degrees. Return tomatoes to oven; bake for 30 minutes. Let cool on pan. Discard garlic and thyme.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare an ice-water bath. Add broccoli rabe in 2 batches to boiling water; blanch for 20 seconds. Transfer to ice water. Drain and chop roughly.
Heat 4 tablespoons oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add sliced garlic; saute until lightly golden, about 4 minutes. Add broccoli rabe and stock. Stir in red pepper flakes. Season with salt. Add tomatoes and their juices and cook over medium heat, simmering until broccoli is tender. Season again.
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