3-Cheese Broccoli Pull-Apart Buns

Written by chanie on June 6th, 2013

I’m on a serious broccoli-cheddar kick right now, and every time I go to the pizza store, I find myself ordering a broccoli calzone. Or, at the very least, a broccoli pizza. There’s just something about broccoli and cheese that go together like cookies and cream, peanut butter and jelly or spaghetti and meatballs.

Now, I’m no baker, so the thought of making individual calzones is just too much for me. But after I made these¬†amazing cinnamon buns (from scratch!) recently, I felt inspired to try a savory version. Using store-bought pizza dough made it all-the-more simple (thanks, Trader Joes!).

Making broccoli calzones into pull-apart buns, not only saves you on calories (if you can stick to eating just one!), it’s also cheesier, gooier and especially, prettier. Serve this up at a lunch with friends for some serious wow-factor!

If you’re not a broccoli person (what’s wrong with you?) then serve these up with the vegetables of your choice. Think olives, roasted veggies, caramelized onions, or whatever pizza toppings you wish! You can go also go crazy with the cheese varieties, using feta (feta and olives sounds great!), brie (how about some brie and figs!), or goat cheese (with pesto and sundried tomatoes, mmm…) Oh, the possibilities!

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  1. Hindy says:

    Such a great idea! I always have TJ’s pizza dough on hand. I’m going to try this using mushrooms. Yum!

  2. Ronnie Fein says:

    This looks great. I am off broccoli for a while (not getting along with crucifers these days), but have to remember this when I get back to them. Used to love broccoli and cheddar anything.

  3. Rena says:

    oh my! These look amazing! So many great combos to try.
    By the way i started a blog! Check it out. Thanks.

  4. Yael says:

    This looks so great! Do you think it can be frozen?

  5. omg, these look dangerously good!!! and love the addition of the broccoli! Makes these healthy and totally ok to devour, right?! :P Yes, broccoli-cheddar. . what a wonderful combo! love this!

  6. Craving this right now! That melty cheese looks to die for!

  7. What a fun change from a plain old pizza! I wonder if my kids will like this one…

  8. Yummy, I am so glad you posted this after seeing the pics on Facebook

  9. Sarah says:

    Oh yum! Can I have some of this for dessert? :P

  10. Jamie Geller says:

    what a great idea but SO not on my diet — what’ a girl to do?!?!

  11. these look great!! i can imagine my family going crazy for them (when we’re not dieting). what an original idea!

  12. Cheese, broccoli and dough. Can’t go wrong with that! Looks like the perfect comfort food

  13. These look outrageously delicious! I know that pan would disappear in no time in our house.

  14. stephanie says:

    oh, yummy! what a fun spin on pizza

  15. Suri says:

    The best supper ever!!! Only problem is there is practically nothing left even before everyone got home! The little ones and I (and the cleaning lady ) are finishing it off in no time. Thanks!!!

  16. Jillian says:

    Goodness me, these look dangerously delectable!

  17. I love this idea, and your pictures make me want to lick the screen!

  18. Bianka says:

    wow! this was REALLY good! thanks for the recipe … will try some variations as well!

  19. Laura says:

    Right away I thought of my favorite quiche, which is made with 2 kinds of cheese,asparagus and crumbled bacon. Oh yes… these are in my future for sure!!!

  20. Heather says:

    I made these with not only chopped broccoli, but also chopped eggplant & zucchini! To die for!

  21. Michele says:

    These look great! I am so trying this… and btw, you named it 3 cheese but you actually used 4!

  22. Louise says:

    To anyone who has made these, how long did you bake them for?

  23. Bayla says:

    Hey, I live out of town and can’t get ricotta or cheddar cheese. Can I replace ricotta with cottage and just use double mozzarella?

  24. DLR says:

    I baked these for close to an hour and they were still raw in the middle. What did I do wrong?

  25. Riki says:

    Can I make it two days in advance and keep it in the fridge? Baked or unbaked?

    • chanie says:

      Honestly, I have never tried it. Imagine pizza that’s rewarmed, that’s what it would be like if you already baked it. And unbaked – I’ve never heard of refrigerating unbaked pizza. Freezing might work better than both options.

  26. shoshana says:

    can these be frozen and reheated?

  27. tzippy says:

    weird question, but about how big should the rectangle be? like a size of cookie sheet?

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