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Let’s Make Quick & Easy Piadina

Let’s Make Quick & Easy Piadina

Several years ago I used to frequent a small town in Italy on the Adriatic coast called Riccione and there I discovered a delicious treat that would be a constant temptation–besides gelato–at every visit! It is called piadina.

What is Piadina?

The piadina was, for me, love at first sight. Most people, when I would describe it to them, would say, “Oh, itís kind of like an Italian tortilla!” Not quite!

I have not been attempting to whip these little wonders up here at home in the States for quite awhile as I am a wheat- and corn-free cook; even in restaurants my husband and I try as much as humanly possible to stay away from grain, especially wheat and corn. But when given a choice of what to eat and shop for, I stick with quinoa. However, yesterday at our local organic market, I spied spelt tortillas and I couldnít resist buying a package!

My wheels started turning as I remembered piadina. Then, I found myself in the cheese section with my spelt tortillas in hand and, will wonders never cease, there it was–stracchino! Stracchino is the Italian cheese that I would most often enjoy in my piadina on the Adriatica, but never found here in the States. I would have this along with some fresh arugula! I said to my husband, “Thatís it, I am going to make us piadina!”

Before I begin to share how I am now recreating the piadina at casa mia, I need to add that if you are one who would like to start the process from scratch, I have found a wonderful online guide on the making of piadina (as taught to a blogger who took a piadina course by some terrific people in Riccione, Italia!) I see no reason why you could not substitute an all purpose gluten-free flour, spelt or even quinoa. You may explore the guide here: How to Make a Piadina alla Romagnola.

Feel free to play with the recipe a bit to suit your dietary needs or do it the easy was as I did by just buying some organic spelt (or flour/whole grain) tortillas for a quick version!

Once you have gotten to the point of making the flatbread and have it in front of you, this is where the fun starts as you can add almost anything as a filling to make a piadina. Most afficianandos grill them up in a non-stick skillet or well-greased crepe pan (I use coconut oil) and then load them up with stracchino cheese or mozzarella. At this point, with the piadina in the pan, you can add the cheese to melt it a bit and then slide onto a plate or just spread the soft cheese once the piadina is heated. You can also top with soy cheese if you prefer non-dairy. Itís easy to make vegan or veggie versions, too. You can add sliced avocado, diced tomatoes with a little garlic and basil, then just add fresh arugula, and whatever you like such as; prosciutto or pancetta, grilled onions, black olives, sun dried tomatoes (I like to drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar on my diced veggies first), add dried or fresh basil or other fresh herbs, then just fold them over in half and enjoy! For a sweet version spread with Nutella! Voila–Piadina Adriatica!

With piadina you have the chance to be as creative as you like, just like pizza and/or panini. I hope you all get to visit the beautiful coastal town of Riccione and its environs one day and try the local cuisine, but until then, Buon Appetito!

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste†Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her†Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog.†Celeste†is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join†Celeste†at†her website or on†Facebook.

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5:17AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Looks like a chapati or roti...

7:03PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

how is it not quite like an italian tortilla? it pretty much sounds like it to me! actually, it sounds like an italian quesadilla more than anything... sounds good. how did i not try one of those when i was in italy last summer?

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Looks and sounds tasty, especially when home made and piping hot!

12:28AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Thanks for sharing and offering alternatives for gluten intolerant folk.

7:35AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

sounds yummy

10:43AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

yum

1:18PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

making me hungry :]

2:31PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

Looks great!! Maybe one day I'll get brave and try making them.

4:03AM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Thank-you, never heard of these! Look really good!

11:00PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Looks like a very rich Roti - which is a favourite with my family. Thanks for sharing!

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