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An Easy, Rustic Flatbread You Can Serve at Every Family Get-Together

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Every so often, we scour the site for cool recipes from our community that we then test, photograph, and feature. This one comes from longtime community member mrslarkin, who shares a favorite recipe from her mother that's simple, satisfying, and make-ahead friendly.


Photo by Ty Mecham

Piadina, a rustic Italian flatbread, is one of the first recipes my mom taught me how to make when I was little. I’m sure it’s one of the first recipes she learned as a young girl. My mom hardly ever used actual recipes when she used to cook. It was always by memory, feel, and sight. I think this is a skill many Italian nonnas have! I based my recipe on hers, just listed the ingredients and measurements. It's a regional Romagnola recipe—as old as the hills—dating back hundreds of years.

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When rolling the dough, use one hand to gently roll each piece into a ball on the board or counter. As a kid, I loved playing with the dough and rolling out my very own piece, misshapen and crooked. To this day, I still can’t roll them perfectly round like mom can. Her trick is to use your thumb and nudge the dough ball under with each turn.

I still make this bread all the time. In our family, piadina is a fixture at almost every get-together, be it lunch or dinner. We love to eat it sandwiched with paper-thin slices of Prosciutto di Parma, or sautéed cabbage, or sliced mozzarella, or a schmear of squaquerone cheese. Maybe some frittata, or Nutella. My favorite way to eat piadina is with a salad of sliced red onion and wild home-grown greens that we call radicchio, but are more like bitter dandelion greens. The feasting possibilities are pretty much endless.

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Nonna's Piadina

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Serves 6 (recipe can be multiplied)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 heaping tablespoons shortening or leaf lard
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup warm milk
  • Fillings of your choice like Prosciutto, ham, mozzarella, fritatta, salad, Nutella, pretty much anything you want
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