Late summer is full of irony. Here we are, when fresh produce is perhaps most abundant, and gardens are overflowing with ripe tomatoes, peppers and basil… and the last thing I want to do is cook dinner. If there’s ever a time to take advantage of shortcuts like pre-made flatbread, the time is now!
These quick flatbreads are made with store-bought whole grain naan that I topped with homemade basil pesto, creamy feta and broccoli rabe tossed in olive oil and red pepper flakes. As broccoli rabe roasts in the oven on top of the flatbread, its natural bitterness seems to dissipate as the leaves develop a delicate, kale chip-like crunch.
Broccoli rabe is still somewhat new to me (it’s not something I grew up eating, that’s for sure), but I find myself craving its distinctive, pungent flavor. I have a hard time describing the flavor, but it’s a little like its cousin, turnips, or mustard greens. Like most dark green leafy things, is chock-full of nutrients.
If you’re ready to break out of your kale rut, please give it a shot! And for more broccoli rabe recipes, including a couple of my own, click here.
Roasted Broccoli Rabe and Pesto Flatbread
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 3 flatbreads
- Category: Appetizer
- Cuisine: Italian
These bold flatbreads feature spicy basil-almond pesto, roasted broccoli rabe and creamy feta. They make a wonderful party appetizer or light meal. Instead of naan, you could use pita bread or one 12-inch pizza crust. Recipe as written yields 3 small flatbreads.
- 2 cups packed fresh basil
- ½ cup sliced almonds, plus more for garnish
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about ½ lemon), plus more for garnish
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the broccoli rabe
- 3 whole grain naan flatbreads, about 7 inches in diameter
- ¾ cup (about 3¾ ounces) crumbled feta cheese
- Handful broccoli rabe (about ¼ pound)
- Red pepper flakes, for garnishing
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the broccoli rabe by rinsing it and patting it dry. Slice off the tough lower ends and any stems that are greater than ¼-inch in diameter. Toss the rabe with a light drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Rub the olive oil onto the leaves to make sure the rabe is lightly and evenly coated with oil. Set aside.
- In a food processor or blender, combine the basil, almonds, Parmesan, garlic, lemon juice, salt and a few twists of freshly ground black pepper. Process the pesto while slowly drizzling in the olive oil, until the mixture is relatively smooth and uniform.
- Place the naan on an oven-safe metal cooling rack, if you have one, then place the rack on a baking sheet to catch any drips (the rack helps the naan get nice and crisp). If not, just place the naan directly onto a baking sheet. Spread pesto on the naan and top with crumbled feta cheese. Top with an even layer of broccoli rabe and a light sprinkle of sliced almonds.
- Bake until the broccoli rabe is tender and the leaves are deep green and crispy, about 8 to 9 minutes. Squeeze a small wedge of lemon over the naan and top with a light sprinkling of red pepper flakes. Let the naan cool slightly before slicing it with a sharp knife or pizza cutter and serving.
Change it up: Feel free to substitute pine nuts for the sliced almonds, goat cheese for the feta or arugula for the basil.
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