Broccoli Raab and Chickpea Pita Pizzas

2 lg. cloves
1/4 cup
1 can
1/2 cup
1 lg. bunch
1/2 tsp.
3 loaves
1/2 cup
garlic, sliced thin
extra-virgin olive oil
(19-oz.) can chick-peas, rinsed and drained
broccoli rabe, coarse and hollow stems discarded and the rest chopped (about 9 cups)
dried hot red pepper flakes
6-inch pita, halved horizontally to form 6 rounds
freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)


Preheat oven to 400F. In a large heavy skillet cook garlic in oil over moderate heat, stirring, until pale golden. Transfer garlic and 1 tablespoon oil to a food processor. Add chick-peas, 1/4 cup water, and salt and pepper to taste and blend mixture until smooth.

Heat oil remaining in skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and cook broccoli rabe, turning it with tongs, until wilted. Add remaining 1/4 cup water and pepper flakes and simmer, covered partially, until broccoli rabe is crisp-tender and almost all liquid is evaporated, about 2 minutes.

Spread rough sides of pita with chick-pea puree and top with broccoli rabe and Parmesan. Arrange pita pizzas on a large baking sheet and bake in middle of oven 10 minutes, or until edges are golden.  Serves 6 as an entre or 10 to 12 as an hors d'oeuvre.

Source : Gourmet, December 1994