Wicked Easy Italian Flatbreads: Piadine

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Last night was one of those search-the-fridge kinds of dinners. Once all the ingredients were assembled, I needed some sort of wrapper to turn it into a complete meal.

I turned to a favorite of ours: super easy Italian flatbreads, or piadine.

They take almost no time to prepare and use ingredients I always have on hand. My wife found the recipe on the blog thekitchn, although I’ve adapted it a little to make it even simpler.

I use a stand mixer for this recipe, the lazy man’s method, but you could easily mix it by hand. You just need to increase the kneading time to 8-10 minutes.

Piadine:

4 ½ Cups AP Flour

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1 ½ Teaspoons Kosher Salt

1/3 Cup Shortening or Lard

1 ½ Cups Water

 

Add all of the dry ingredients into the bowl of the mixer. Give it a quick spin with the paddle attachment.

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Add the shortening and mix on medium speed for 30 seconds to a minute. The shortening should be broken up in the flour.

Add the water and mix on low until it forms a shaggy dough.

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Switch to the dough hook and mix for 5 minutes on low speed. The dough will be extremely soft and silky.

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Form into a ball and let it sit for 30 minutes.

The recipe I used instructs you to divide into 6 or 8 pieces. I divided mine into 8 and they were huge. They could easily be scaled back by dividing them into 10-12 pieces.

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Form the divided dough into balls and heat a cast iron skillet to medium high.

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Take a ball of dough and roll it out thin. It doesn’t need to be see-through, just thin. I have a nifty little flatbread rolling pin that my parents got for me in Kyrgyzstan.

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Transfer to the skillet and prick with a fork. This prevents air puffing. Cook for about a minute per side.

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Allow to cool or eat warm. The dough for these can also be kept in the fridge and you can make them as you need them.

If you stack them while they cool, they will become more supple and easier to fold.

Fill them with almost anything. We did leftover turkey and capers with a lemony yogurt dressing, baba ganoush, grated carrot, and shredded cabbage. They would also make a great warm PBJ, if you layered two of them with the goodies on the inside and heated them in the skillet… Nutella, peanut butter, and banana… Or… Oh my, the possibilities!

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