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How to make homemade piadina from Romagna


Here is the homemade piadina, a typical dish of the Emilian tradition that can be filled in many different ways.

Piadina is one of the most loved Italian dishes abroad, perfect to eat at home or to prepare to be enjoyed during a trip out of town. But have you ever tried to make it at home? The dough is actually really simple to make, and you will see how satisfying it is when you serve it on the table with the ingredients you have chosen to fill it.

Let's go and see all the steps and some secrets to prepare one in a workmanlike manner! Ready go!


How to make piadina from Romagna: original recipe

  1. Arrange the flour on your workbench and add salt and baking soda . Then make the classic fountain with all the powder to start working the dough.
  2. At this point put the lard into small pieces and start pouring the water first and then the milk gradually, continuing to repeat the operation once the flour has absorbed all the liquids.
  3. When the dough has reached a soft and smooth consistency, wrap it in a sheet of transparent film and let it rest for at least 30-40 minutes.
  4. At this point, take the dough and cut it into 4 equal parts. Give them the shape of a ball and then roll it out with a rolling pin, trying to get the classic circular shape . Watch out for the thickness, which must be at least 4 mm.
  5. At this point all that remains is to cook it: heat a pan (without adding any condiments) and when it is hot, arrange the piadina on top. A couple of minutes maximum per side will suffice.

Piadina: how to stuff it

Making a stuffed piadina is a real art. If you want to remain in the Romagna tradition, you absolutely cannot fail to try the one with squacquerone and raw ham, but there are many variations that you can experiment with your friends during a dinner or an aperitif .

In general, we advise you to use a soft cheese and cold cuts, and to dose the seasonings well. Salt and pepper the ingredients and add half a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil to avoid making it too dry .

We advise you, then, to stuff it while you heat it in a pan. In this way the cheese will melt slightly and the result will be really perfect! Then try adding some rocket , salad or vegetables, such as grilled courgettes or aubergines. In short, there are no limits to the imagination!

Piadina recipe without lard

If you want to try a variant that is lighter, but at the same time respects tradition , you can try making a dough for piadina with oil, an ingredient that we are going to replace the lard. Count about 2 tablespoons of oil for every 300 g of flour, but if the dough is too dry, you can add more.

And if you like, try using different flours: you'll create truly original textures and flavors! Here is the gluten-free piadina recipe for you!

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