Guest RECIPE – Broccoli di Rabe Stuffed Bread

As you may have already surmised, I’m not the only cook in my family. Here’s a recipe sent to me by a cousin who really knows her way around an Italian kitchen. I haven’t tried making this yet, but anything with bread and melted cheese always gets my attention!


  • 1 loaf (donut-shaped) Italian pizza bread – available from most Italian delis
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 – 10 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch broccoli di rabe
  • 2 cups fresh mozzarella, sliced


Take the round pizza bread and cut it through the middle horizontally to create two round pieces. Sprinkle chopped garlic and olive oil on each half and bake in the oven at 375 degrees until hot and just starting to crisp.

In the meantime, saute broccoli di rabe in lots of garlic and some olive oil. When cooked, transfer mixture to the bottom half of bread and spread over the surface. Cover the rabi with slices of fresh mozarella and then place top half of bread on top.

Place loaf back in oven and heat until cheese melts. Cut like pie and serve.

* Make sure to squeeze some of the oil out of the rabi or it will be too messy to eat. Also, you can substitute just about anything in for the rabi: spinach, slices of fresh tomato, or just mushrooms cooked in garlic and oil.


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