Cook's Hideout: Italian Piadina Sandwich with Roasted Vegetables

May 12, 2016

Italian Piadina Sandwich with Roasted Vegetables

Blogging Marathon# 64: Week 2/ Day 3
Theme: Cook from 1 European Cuisine -- Italian
Dish: Italian Piadina Sandwich
After posting 2 well known Italian dishes (Risotto & Pizza), today's Italian dish is not very popular outside of Italy. It is a thin flatbread called Piada or Piadina and is typically made in the Romagna region. The flatbreads are then filled variety of cheeses, meats, vegetables and also with sweet fillings like bananas and Nutella. These are sold as soon as they are made in specialized kiosks called piadineri.
Vegetarian Piada Sandwich
Traditional piada are made with white flour, lard or olive oil, salt and water. I subbed some of the white flour with wholewheat flour and the lard with vegetable shortening. These piada are very much like our kulchas and are leavened with baking powder. These are rolled out very thin unlike the kulchas that are a bit thicker.
Piada flatbread
For the filling, I used some roasted vegetables, chopped greens and a garlic, sun-dried tomato flavored cheese sauce (recipe from here). Piadadough can be refrigerated for couple of days and then they can be made fresh whenever you like. But if you are lazy to bring out the rolling pin every time, then make the piadas, let them cool, wrap tightly in foil and freeze for up to a month. Microwave until pliable, fill, fold and enjoy!!

Recipe from the Kitchn:

Italian Piadine Sandwich
  • 1¼cups All purpose flour
  • 1¼cups Wholewheat Flour (or use 2½cups of all purpose flour)
  • 1½tsp Baking powder
  • ¾tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2tbsp Vegetable Shortening
  • ¾cup Water
  • For the Filling:
  • As needed Roasted vegetables
  • As needed Chopped Lettuce or other baby greens
  • As needed Savory Cheese Sauce
  1. In a large mixing bowl or a bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour(s), baking powder and salt. Add the vegetable shortening and mix until the mixture is crumbly.
  2. Add the water; mix and knead until a smooth and soft dough forms. Cover and set aside for for about 30 minutes.
  3. When ready to cook, divide the dough into 3~4 equal size pieces (3 pieces for large piadine and 4 for smaller ones). Shape each piece of dough into a roll and cover.
  4. Roll each piece into 8~9" round flatbread. Place it on a hot griddle and cook on medium-high flame for 1~2 minutes on both sides until brown spots form. Transfer the cooked piadina to a clean dishtowel and keep covered. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  5. To make the Piada Sandwich: Place roasted vegetables, greens and cheese sauce on one half of the piadine, fold and serve right away.
Vegetarian Piada Sandwich

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 64.


  1. That's a lovely recipe Pavani, I love Piadina and the stuffing that goes in..enjoyed all your Italian dishes..

  2. Just want to finish that ultimate sandwich,so tempting.

  3. I haven't heard about these before. They really do look like some of our own breads. Let me check out that filling, sounds delicious

  4. So many similarities amount cultures. Looks just like a wrap. Nice one.

  5. Such a healthy and filling sandwich,sounds like wrap.

  6. Very interesting one Pavani , and actually unheard of .super recipe.

  7. These flat breads look so nice and the filling sounds so yum..

  8. What a hearty wrap that is and the roasted vegetables sounds so yum!

  9. A hearty meal in a wrap, Pavani.


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