Piadina (plural Piadine) is an Italian speciality that I love very much. We are lucky enough to have a Piadina Bar in town where you can buy freshly made Piadine. Unfortunately, they are quite pricey.
Imagine how thrilled I was when our local grocery store started to carry raw Piadina! Now, Piadina is a baked good, made from wheat flour, rolled out very thin and then baked with no fat on a hot plate or in a wide flat pan. In fact, if you’d like to try this and can’t get your hand on Piadine you can substitute them easily with flour tortillas. Tortillas are similar enough to work with.
The beauty of Piadine is that they can be prepared to individual taste and varied endlessly. (I like that!) Here’s how I usually prepare them.
You’ll need the following:
- Piadina or flour Tortilla
- Prosciutto Crudo (e.g. Parma) or ham
- Cream cheese of any kind
- Fresh tomatoes
- A couple of fresh basil leaves
- a handful of fresh rucola / rocket
- Fresh mozzarella
- Pepper, paprika, fresh or dried herbs to taste
Heat the piadina or tortilla quickly according to the directions on the packaging.
Place the piadina on a plate before you. Thinly spread cream cheese over the whole piadina. Sprinkle with pepper, paprika and herbs.
Then, let the assembly begin!
Place your meat of choice onto one half. Cover the meat with a couple of cucumber slices, then tomato slices. Top the tomatos with shredded fresh basil leaves. Then add a couple of mozzarella slices and top with a bit of fresh rucola.
Fold the empty half over the full one and Enjoy!
There are no limits to your fantasy as to how you’d like to prepare this dish. Fresh rucola and parmesan goes awesome with it or grilled zucchini and egg plant. Salami and tomato, too. Experiment to your hearts delight!
Lately, we’ve eaten this dish very often for breakfast on the weekends. Or as a quick, light dinner during the warm summer days. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be very yummy!