Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Potato Flatbread


Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Potato Flatbread | Salted Kitchen

The last time I had broccoli rabe was at Babbo, Mario Batali’s restaurant in Greenwich Village. It was a late spring day. A celebration of our four year anniversary. We shared plates of homemade pasta and clams and a side of broccoli rabe and garlic. Perhaps this flatbread is somewhat inspired by that simple dish, but more so, it’s much more about needing some kind of comfort food. Pizza is my comfort food.

sliced sweet potatoes
smoked mozzarella and parmesan
broccoli rabe flatbread

Sweet potatoes are roasted and baked with fresh smoked mozzarella and parmesan. Broccoli rabe is sauteed in a chile olive oil and garlic. Its bitterness disappears, and all that is left is spicy, garlicky greens. This is one hella flavorful flatbread.

Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Potato Flatbread | Salted Kitchen

Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Potato Flatbread

serves 2 to 3

1 small sweet potato, sliced 1/4-inch thick
extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and black pepper
1 bunch broccoli rabe, thick stems trimmed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 pound whole grain pizza dough
2 cups freshly grated smoked mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Arrange the sweet potato slices on the baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until tender but still firm. Set aside. Increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees F.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe and cook for 30 seconds. Drain well.

In a large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 30 seconds until garlic is fragrant. Add the broccoli rabe and season with salt. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until stems are tender. Remove pan from the heat.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a thin oval. Place the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the smoked mozzarella all over the dough. Arrange the sweet potato slices in a single layer on top of the cheese. Sprinkle with parmesan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Spoon the broccoli rabe mixture on top. Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes until crust is golden and cheese is melted. Cut into slices and serve.

Sweet potato flatbread with roasted sweet potatoes, sauteed broccoli rabe, and smoked mozzarella.

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  • Reply beingzora January 29, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Trés yum! I’m going to do this for Sunday brunch! Thanks! –Zee

  • Reply citymeetscountry January 29, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Oh my goodness this sounds and looks amazing! I love the flavor combos. Recently I have been craving sweet potato like I crave chocolate. They are so good!

  • Reply Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I’m thinking I could substitute nutritional yeast, hemp seeds & smoked paprika for the cheese in order to make this vegan. Any other suggestions?

    • Reply Lattes and Leggings January 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Another person commented and loved your vegan suggestions. Smoked mozzarella is a key flavor so it’s going to be hard to replicate that exactly, but I think smoked paprika will add a smoky dimension of flavor as well as spice. I’m not too familiar with nutritional yeast or hemp seeds so I can’t speak for what kind of taste or flavor it will add.

      • Reply Lattes and Leggings January 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

        Actually I just thought of something. Smoked salt. I make a lot of salads with smoked salt and sunflower seeds and it has a similar smoky taste to smoked mozzarella. That might be a good option to add to the nutritional yeast.

  • Reply Ani January 29, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I love the vegan suggestions some other bloggers have made! I love flatbread – even with just tasty veggies and no cheese :)

  • Reply districtandmore January 29, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Fantastic post. I can’t wait to try out this recipe!

  • Reply newsanchortohomemaker January 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Pizza is my comfort food, too. And pasta…and I could probably throw in a few more ;) This looks like it has amazing flavor, yum! Great post.

  • Reply The Lady Olive January 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    This looks awesome!!! Must try it.

  • Reply Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs January 29, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, does this look superb. I’m already envisioning sitting with a glass of wine, and enjoying a slice of this pizza. It’s just lovely… :-) Excellent post.

  • Reply Haley January 29, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Interesting take on a traditional pizza, perfect incorporation of superfoods too.

  • Reply northernambitions January 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Yum this looks delicious!

  • Reply Baking With Gab January 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    This looks absolutely delectable!

  • Reply liztiptopshape January 29, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    This is just gorgeous! Love the colors!

  • Reply food,mostly January 29, 2014 at 6:20 pm


  • Reply lapetitecasserole January 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Your flatbread/pizza looks great! the pizza with broccoli rabe (without tomato sauce) is one of most famous pizza seasoning in Italy, especially in the south. I love the idea of adding some sweet potato!
    Great photos!

  • Reply brendonthesmilingchef January 30, 2014 at 12:04 am

    This looks great. It would make a fantastic lunch :)

  • Reply Jo January 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Sweet potatoes!? That sounds amazing! I thought it was pepperoni at first.

  • Reply tableofcolors January 30, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Your flatbread looks absolutely fantastic and wonderfully healthy!

  • Reply Jennifer January 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    This looks beautiful and so delicious

  • Reply bobbigi123 February 2, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Reblogged this on bobbigi123 and commented:
    vegan yummieness

  • Reply rileyvollmer February 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    This is mouth watering….Whole Foods for President

  • Reply khannablog February 5, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    this looks incredible! thanks

  • Reply The Burlap Kitchen February 6, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    This looks amazing!

  • Reply Simplicitè Espoir February 10, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Reblogged this on THE LADY WITH NO LUCK.

  • Reply The Good News February 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    You have such a wonderful eye and taste buds!

  • Reply bowbythebay February 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I can never get enough sweet potatoes/yams! I already had a plan for my yams and kale that I just boufght, but I think I’m going to do this instead. Yumalicious

  • Reply thepolkadotgina February 19, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Reblogged this on .

  • Reply jaqueleen March 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Reblogged this on EGWB and commented:
    Found this recipe on one of my favorite farm-to-table blogs. Hope it gets you drooling as much as I am right now! (How long until I get home to make dinner?)

  • Reply xpatrycjaxx March 9, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Veggies and Chocolate.

  • Reply JessaDreamer March 12, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Thanks for the dinner inspiration for next week! This looks so good!

  • Reply Melody Gramer March 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Well Broccoli Rabe is done right I love it, when done incorrectly I am not a fan.

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