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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Spinello

    SPINELLO [ spih-ne-low]  The combination of a warm, fresh, pizza dough wrapped around fresh deli meats and cheese.  Tired of eating sandwiches on sliced bread, squashed in a panino press or on a big fat bun?  I certainly am and this is the perfect "thinking outside the box" solution. 
    Simple, fast and fresh describes this wonderful spin on an old classic.  Your favorite salumi (deli meats) and cheese combined with fresh greens and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette are snuggly rolled up to create the perfect hand held lunch.
    In my spinello, I decided to stick with my basic favorite Italian flavors.  Fresh sliced prosciutto di parma, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and field greens bathing in extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar.  As with any sandwich, you can substitute meats and cheeses to suite your palate.

Ingredients

1 fresh pizza dough (makes 4-5, 10 inch spinellos)
1/2 LB of your favorite Italian deli meats
Fresh mozzarella or bocconcini
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
2 cups mixed field greens
Extra virgin olive oil
Aged Balsamic vinegar
Pre heat oven to 375f and place a bowl of water inside to create moisture (this will keep dough soft enough to roll once baked)
On a lightly floured surface, cut and roll out dough to approximately 10 inches.  Place dough in oven and bake for 10 minutes.  The dough will puff up slightly and cook through. Avoid getting too much color on dough or it will become brittle when you try to roll it up.  Remove from oven, do NOT allow to cool.
   While still warm, layer entire surface with sliced meats.
   Continue layering with cheese, fresh greens and chopped tomatoes.
     Drizzle entire surface with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
   Using both hands, tightly roll the spinello, being careful to keep all the ingredients inside.
Slice spinello in half and serve immediately while still warm.
Light and warm,  a spinello makes a very satisfying lunch.  I like to serve my prosciutto and mozzarella spinello with a slice of fresh melon, a typical, fresh Italian combination.

8 comments:

Bridgett said...

Perfectly simple yet incredibly delicious. I love meals just like this...especially with the prosciutto!

Fritos and Foie Gras said...

you cook the way i want to eat. can you pleeeeease send me one of these?

whozyerdanny said...

Thanks Ladies! I'll fed ex them asap! Enjoy!

Pegasuslegend said...

never had this before its quite brillant love it, amazing I never thought of it! your a genious :)

Maria said...

This sounds so much better than what I had for lunch today. Yum!

Garlicpbo said...

That sounds so good.....I love the combination!

Paula

Pam said...

Perfect is the word for this! Anything with proscuitto and mozzarella works for me. I'm new here and think your blog is great! I'll be looking around.

Karen said...

Oh dang, this looks so good! The warm bread, the crispy greens, the viniagrette! Perfect :)

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