Broccoli Rabe Pastry Buns

Joan Nova with a delightful dish that works equally well as an hors d’oevre, fresh side dish or a brunch plate.
By Joan Nova

This is a 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.

broccoli rabe
minced garlic
olive oil
red chili flakes
salt + pepper
grated parmesan
shredded mozzarella
chopped tomato
chopped hazelnuts
puffed pastry (frozen or home-made)
egg wash (with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of rosemary)

• Steam broccoli rabe (in water or chicken broth) till soft.
• Drain and saute briefly with garlic and tomato.
• Season to taste with salt, pepper and/or red chili flakes and some freshly grated parmesan.
• Set aside.
• Cut defrosted puff pastry into panels and then in half to create a square or rectangle.
• Add scoop of vegetable filling and top with shredded mozzarella.
• Close up either in bun or  hot pocket shape and bake in hot oven at 400F degrees (204.4C) till browned.

Enjoy…I did!

  1. I am doing this tonight for my family but mostly for my son who I am always trying to get to eat his veggies. Fruit he adores but some veggies not so much! Thanks joan for a great recipe and idea because you could do so many things with this! Really- thanks so much

  2. I am a huge fan of Foodalogue and was so pleased to find Joan here. What a delightful recipe with so many functions- side to soup, salad, appetizer. Joan always exceeds my expectations!

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