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Cavolo nero and Fontina piadina

The lard in the pastry of this Romagnan classic creates a lovely flakiness. Don't wait for all of them to cook - these must be eaten straight from the pan.

You'll need

100 ml olive oil 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 200 gm young cavolo nero, coarsely torn 400 gm canned cherry tomatoes 2 tsp red wine vinegar 3 rosemary sprigs 250 gm Fontina, coarsely chopped   Piadina dough 525 gm (3½ cups) plain flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 115 gm cold lard, coarsely chopped 1 tbsp olive oil


  • 01
  • Heat 30ml olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion and garlic, stir occasionally until tender (5-6 minutes), add cavolo nero, cook until just wilted (3-4 minutes). Add tomato and 60ml water, season to taste, cook until thick (8-10 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in vinegar, cool.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining oil and rosemary in a small saucepan, cook over low heat until infused (4-5 minutes), set aside.
  • 03
  • For piadina dough, combine flour, bicarb soda and 1 tsp salt in the bowl of an electric mixer, add lard and with your fingertips, rub to combine. Add oil and 250ml water, mix on lowest speed with a dough hook until combined (2-3 minutes). Dough should come together easily and not be too dry; if it is, add extra water. Increase speed to high, knead until smooth and elastic (4-5 minutes). Divide dough into eight, form into balls, roll each on a lightly floured surface to 3mm thick. Cover with a damp tea towel to prevent drying out.
  • 04
  • Preheat 2 tsp rosemary oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add one dough disc and cook until light golden in parts (1-2 minutes), turn and spread with a little cavolo nero mixture and scatter with an eighth of the cheese. Cook until underside is light golden in parts and cheese starts to melt (1-2 minutes). Season to taste, fold in half, turn and cook for another minute and transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining ingredients, drizzle with a little extra rosemary oil and serve immediately.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

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May 2009

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