Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Potato Flatbread

Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Potato Flatbread | Lattes & Leggings

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 | Lattes & Leggings

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.



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

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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.

Lattes and Leggings

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.


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


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!


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


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?)


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