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Cheesy Broccoli Rabe Pastry Buns

Cheesy Broccoli Rabe Pastry Buns

Cheesy Broccoli Rabe Pastry Buns

A delightful dish that works equally well as an hors d’oevre, fresh side dish or as the centerpiece of a brunch plate.

This is an incredibly tasty and versatile dish. While I prefer broccoli rabe, you can substitute that for whatever vegetable you have on hand. These buns make a lovely brunch, lunch or side dish for supper. You can even make them smaller for pop-in-the-mouth hors d’oeuvres for your next party.

Cheesy Broccoli Rabe Pastry Buns

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How to Make Cheesy Broccoli Rabe Pastry Buns


  1. Prepare the Filling:

    • Steam the chopped broccoli rabe in water or chicken broth until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
    • Drain well and set aside.
    • In a pan, heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté garlic and tomato until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
    • Add the steamed broccoli rabe and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
    • Season with salt, pepper, red chili flakes, and mix in 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Remove from heat and let cool.

  2. Prep the Pastry:

    • Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface to prevent sticking.
    • Cut into 8-10 equal squares or rectangles, depending on your preferred size.

  3. Assemble the Buns:

    • Place a scoop of the broccoli rabe mixture in the center of each pastry square.
    • Top each with shredded mozzarella and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
    • If desired, sprinkle chopped hazelnuts over the cheese.
    • Fold the pastry over the filling to create a bun or pocket shape, sealing the edges by pressing them with a fork.
    • Place the pastry buns on the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake:

    • Brush the top of each pastry bun with the egg wash mixture.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed.

  5. Serving:

    • Let the pastry buns cool slightly before serving. They can be served warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes:

  • Adjust the amount of red chili flakes according to your spice preference.
  • Make sure the broccoli rabe is well-drained to avoid soggy pastries.
  • For a crispier pastry, you can brush the bottom of the pastry squares with egg wash before filling.
  • These buns can be made ahead and reheated in the oven before serving.

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Cheesy Broccoli Rabe Pastry Buns

Cheesy Broccoli Rabe Pastry Buns


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  • Author: Joan Nova
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

A delightful dish that works equally well as an hors d’oevre, fresh side dish or as the centerpiece of a brunch plate.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups broccoli rabe, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts (optional)
  • 1 sheet puff pastry (thawed if frozen)
  • 1 egg for egg wash, beaten with 1 tablespoon water, 1 teaspoon honey, and 1/2 teaspoon rosemary

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Filling:
    • Steam the chopped broccoli rabe in water or chicken broth until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
    • Drain well and set aside.
    • In a pan, heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté garlic and tomato until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
    • Add the steamed broccoli rabe and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
    • Season with salt, pepper, red chili flakes, and mix in 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Prep the Pastry:
    • Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface to prevent sticking.
    • Cut into 8-10 equal squares or rectangles, depending on your preferred size.
  3. Assemble the Buns:
    • Place a scoop of the broccoli rabe mixture in the center of each pastry square.
    • Top each with shredded mozzarella and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
    • If desired, sprinkle chopped hazelnuts over the cheese.
    • Fold the pastry over the filling to create a bun or pocket shape, sealing the edges by pressing them with a fork.
    • Place the pastry buns on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake:
    • Brush the top of each pastry bun with the egg wash mixture.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed.
  5. Serving:
    • Let the pastry buns cool slightly before serving. They can be served warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • Adjust the amount of red chili flakes according to your spice preference.
  • Make sure the broccoli rabe is well-drained to avoid soggy pastries.
  • For a crispier pastry, you can brush the bottom of the pastry squares with egg wash before filling.
  • These buns can be made ahead and reheated in the oven before serving.
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

 

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