Piada raw ham, mozzarella and rocket: a timeless classic

The piadina with raw ham, mozzarella and rocket is a great classic of Italian cuisine, a combination of simple but irresistible flavors that everyone likes. Perfect for a quick lunch, a tasty dinner or an out-of-town picnic, this recipe is easy to make and requires few ingredients.

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 4 Romagna piadinas
  • 200 g of PDO raw ham
  • 200 g of fresh mozzarella
  • 100 g of wild rocket
  • Extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste.

Preparation:

  1. Heat the wraps: Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Lay one piadina at a time and heat it for about 1 minute on each side, until golden.
  2. Fill the piadinas: Arrange the sliced mozzarella, the hand-stretched raw ham and the washed and dried rocket on each hot piadina.
  3. Season and serve: Season with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Fold the wraps in half and serve immediately.

Advice:

  • For a tastier taste, you can use buffalo mozzarella instead of fresh mozzarella.
  • If you like it spicy, you can add a pinch of chilli or chopped fresh chilli.
  • As an alternative to arugula, you can use other green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach or chicory.
  • For a crunchy touch, you can add datterini tomatoes cut in half or chopped walnut kernels.
  • If you don’t have a non-stick pan, you can also heat the piadine on the griddle or grill.
  • The piadinas stuffed with raw ham, mozzarella and rocket can be kept in the refrigerator for a day, wrapped in foil or cling film.

Variants:

  • Piadina with ham, mozzarella and cherry tomatoes: Add some datterini tomatoes cut in half and seasoned with a drizzle of oil, salt and oregano.
  • Piadina with ham, mozzarella and stracciatella: Replace the fresh mozzarella with Apulian stracciatella.
  • Piadina with ham, mozzarella and parmesan: Add a sprinkling of grated grana padano.

Curiosity:

Piadina is a typical bread from Romagna, made with flour, lard, yeast, salt and water. Its origins date back to the time of the Romans, who used it as food for soldiers. Over the centuries, piadina has spread throughout Italy and today it is considered a typical gastronomic product appreciated throughout the world.

Enjoy your meal!