Zucchini Piadine

Last week was crazy.  Kind of a blur.  It was a bit more exciting than a normal week, as we got to do a live web-cast for Hugh Jackman.  Yep, that is right, that hunky guy Hugh Jackman.  Ladies, he is just as sexy in person as he is on screen.  I was gitty, and Lenny put up with it.  I was a lucky girl last week.  This week promises to be a bit more relaxed, and I am looking forward to having a chance to spend some time cooking, and Lenny is looking forward to eating!

I am always looking for easy, and delicious recipes to have on hand for those busy weeks.  I was inspired to make Piadine, after spotting it in the February issue of Gourmet Traveller.  After making it a couple times last week, and realizing how easy it is, I have decided to add it to our “Back to the Basics” category.

Piadine is an Italian flat-bread that originated from the Romagna area of Italy.  It is so easy.  I mean, why didn’t I discover this sooner.  It is made with flour, water, and some sort of fat, then grilled over hot coals.  The texture is slightly crispy, and it is lightly smoky.  This recipe makes enough for three Piadine crusts;  we cooked one, and put the remainder into the freezer.  Will be perfect, when we need another late night, delicious meal.

I wanted to keep this meal vegetarian, for Meatless Monday.  I followed the recipe, and marinated some zucchini ribbons in olive oil, garlic, and chilies, and then topped the warm, crusty Piadine with the mixture, as well I added some fresh mozzarella, while it was still on the grill.  I did not keep the Piadine on the grill too long, as I did not want the thin crust to burn;  I just wanted the zucchini and mozzarella to get a light smoky scent.  It was so good.  Light, flavorful, and filling.  Makes the perfect vegetarian meal.  Piadine is also perfect served as a cracker, along side a bowl of hummus or white bean dip.

Have you ever made Piadine?  If so, how do you like to serve it?

If you like this recipe, check these out:

Piadine on Jamie Oliver

Sweet Piadine


  1. Fabulous! A perfect summer recipe.

    I really have to make piadine as they are so versatile.



  2. It may only be 7:33 in the morning, but my stomach is gurgling and I’m already imagining what I could forage and put on my piadine. I’ve made pizza, but never this, can’t wait to try, and perfect for summer! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. And REALLY? omg Hugh Jackman!? I feel you giddyness!

  4. Julia says:

    I’ve never heard of this…and am pretty dang excited to try it!

  5. Oooh, this looks delish! And wow, if you combine a dish like this with a post about hunky Hugh Jackman, I’m pretty much in heaven! Thanks for sharing. I’m glad to have found your beautiful blog and am going to explore more of your recipes! :) – Georgia

  6. I have not heard of Piadine either, pizza like using butter instead of olive oil? Sounds really good and something I definitely need to try out. Love your topping idea also.

  7. Thin piadine! Yours looks beautiful, Denise (love those charred edges). If we lived closer, I’d sneak over. Often. Miss you!

  8. Hunky! Yes, indeed. And this recipe looks delicious, by the way. Not sure which the drool is for… :-)

  9. I’ve never had Piadine, but I’m game for any kind of flatbread with charred grilled edges. Nice wooden board you’ve got there :)

  10. I’m sorry… take a step back. What!?!??!! What kind of video were you making for him? And how can I get along. Reminder: it’s not just the ladies who like hunky guys like Hugh ;-)

  11. Chef Grant says:

    Hi Chez Us,

    This is a great post. I am re-tweeting it to our club members. The Owls Club is a fellowship of wine, food, & nature enthusiasts, savoring & celebrating Life’s delicious moments.

    We would love to profile you and do a virtual interview for our members.

    Thank you,

    Chef Grant

  12. We made this tonight! Thanks for sharing! Yum!

  13. I love this and y’all! So delicious had to share on my facebook page : )

  14. Thanks Paula! it is a great recipe especially for quick week night meals.


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