Italian Flatbread Sandwich (Piadina) with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

Dough:

1 3/4 cups 00 flour, plus more for dusting

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil

Filling:

1/4 cup olive oil

1 pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed

1 yellow onion, thinly sliced into half-moons

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 clove garlic, roughly chopped

1 bunch broccoli rabe, chopped into 2-inch pieces

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 lemon, juiced

1 pound provolone cheese, grated or 12 thin slices

Directions

  1. For the dough: Combine the 1 3/4 cups flour with the baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk to eliminate any lumps. Pour in the milk and 1/4 cup of the olive oil and mix until a dough forms. Grease another large bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the dough, cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the filling: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Move the sausage to one side of the skillet, add the onions and season them with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. In another large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over high heat. Add the garlic, broccoli rabe and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rabe turns bright green, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with the lemon juice. Set aside.
  4. Heat a griddle over medium-high heat. Portion the dough into 6 balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll the balls until about 1/4 inch thick. Place 2 rounds onto the hot griddle. Cook until browned on one side and bubbles begin to form, about 1 minute. Flip and cook the other side for 30 seconds. Transfer the flatbread to a baking sheet. Keep the griddle over the heat.
  5. Place some of the sausage filling and broccoli rabe on one half of each flatbread. Top each with the grated cheese (or 2 slices of cheese) and fold into a half moon. Place the sandwiches back on the griddle and weigh them down with a foil-covered brick or small cast-iron skillet. Cook until the cheese melts, about 1 minute. Repeat with the remaining dough and sandwiches. Remove from the heat, slice in half and serve.
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