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Schiacciata Sandwich: the Recipes for the Typical Sandwich Bread From Florence

Total time: 20 mins.
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 2 people
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Welcome to our culinary journey featuring the queen of Florence: ‘La Schiacciata.' Today, we’ll create two delectable versions of this authentic Italian flatbread sandwich, perfect for anyone who loves the rich flavors of Italy. Whether for a casual lunch or a sophisticated snack, ‘La Schiacciata' fits any occasion beautifully. Perfect for anyone who wants to try a slice of typical Italian deliciousness, this will truly delight you, and is perfect for summer days or day trips to the beach!

Our Elpidio scoured Florence's ‘Salumeria' shops for the finest ingredients. We'll start by slicing flatbread and filling it with savory pistachio cream, creamy burrata, and delicious Mortadella. Then, we'll prepare the second version with pesto, fresh mozzarella, and exquisite Prosciutto crudo.

What is Schiacciata Sandwich?

Schiacciata is a type of flatbread that has been available ever since pre-Roman times: water and various cereals were mixed and ground in a rustic dough that would get "crushed" and well cooked on hot stones. The dough used to be thin, so that it could cook well, and it got only flavored with herbs and no salt. It went on to becoming the most suitable lunch for those employed in manual work, but it was during the Renaissance period in Florence that people started adding fillings to it: different types of cheese, vegetables and cured meats. Today, it's one of the most beloved typical dishes to try in Florence, and you can fill it however you like!

Schiacciata Vs. Focaccia

Schiacciata, originating from Tuscany, is a flatter bread often seasoned with olive oil, salt, and sometimes rosemary, and can be either sweet or savory. Its name means "crushed" or "flattened," reflecting its thin, crispy texture. Focaccia, on the other hand, hails from Liguria and is thicker, softer, and more bread-like. It is typically topped with olive oil, salt, and various herbs or other ingredients like olives, tomatoes, or cheese. While both breads are beloved for their rich flavor and versatility, schiacciata is known for its crispiness, and focaccia for its fluffy, airy interior.

Tips for The Best Schiacciata Sandwich

  • Since schiacciata relies on high-quality ingredients, make sure to use the freshest burrata, mozzarella, and cured meats you can find. Visit a local Italian salumeria if possible.
  • Ensure your schiacciata bread is fresh and has the right texture—crispy on the outside but slightly soft on the inside. Lightly warm the bread in the oven to enhance its crunchiness and bring out the flavors.
  • For the burrata and mortadella sandwich, add a layer of burrata first, ensuring it's evenly spread to provide a creamy base for the mortadella. For the pesto, mozzarella, and prosciutto crudo sandwich, spread the pesto evenly before adding thin slices of mozzarella and finishing with prosciutto crudo.
  • Ensure there is a contrast in texture in each bite. The creaminess of burrata and mozzarella should complement the crunchiness of the schiacciata, while the savory meats add a satisfying chew.
  • Serve the sandwiches immediately after assembling to keep the bread's texture at its best. If transporting, wrap them in parchment paper to preserve their structure and flavors.

What Else Can I Add to This Sandwich?

For a Tuscan twist, try roasted red peppers, grilled zucchini, and goat cheese with balsamic glaze. A Caprese filling with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil offers a refreshing option, while grilled chicken with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes provides a hearty choice. Indulge in Italian cured meats with provolone and greens, or opt for smoked salmon with avocado and herbed cream cheese for sophistication. Sweet and savory lovers will enjoy prosciutto with figs and gorgonzola, while a spicy tuna mix with capers and cucumber adds a zesty twist. Experimenting with these combinations can elevate your schiacciata sandwiches to gourmet levels.

How Can I Make This Vegetarian?

To make a schiacciata sandwich a vegetarian meal, use a variety of flavorful and fresh plant-based ingredients. Start by spreading a savory base like hummus, pesto, or herbed cream cheese on the schiacciata. Add roasted vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes for a rich and hearty texture. Include fresh greens like arugula, spinach, or mixed salad leaves for a crisp contrast. For added creaminess, incorporate slices of avocado or a layer of goat cheese or mozzarella. Finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze or olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper for seasoning.

Can I Make Schiacciata Sandwich Ahead of Time?

Yes, a schiacciata sandwich can be made ahead of time, but for the best results, assemble it just before eating to maintain the bread's crispiness and avoid sogginess. If preparing in advance, store the ingredients separately and combine them shortly before serving. If you must assemble it ahead, wrap it tightly in parchment paper to preserve freshness and refrigerate it, then let it come to room temperature before eating.

Can These Schiacciata Sandwiches be Frozen?

Schiacciata sandwiches can be frozen, but it's best to freeze the bread and fillings separately to maintain quality. If you freeze them assembled, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container. When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven to restore the bread's crispiness. Avoid freezing ingredients like fresh vegetables and cheese, which can become watery or lose texture.

How to Store Schiacciata Sandwich

To store leftover schiacciata sandwiches, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to keep them fresh. Place the wrapped sandwiches in an airtight container and refrigerate. For best results, consume within 1-2 days. To restore some of the bread's crispiness, reheat in the oven or toaster oven before eating. Avoid microwaving, as it can make the bread soggy.

Ingredients

Schiacciata bread
200 grams
Pistachio cream
50 grams
Burrata cheese
80 grams
bologna
80 grams
pesto
40 grams
Mozzarella cheese
80 grams
prosciutto
80 grams

How to Make Schiacciata Sandwich

Start by slicing the schiacciata in half, and preparing the first type of sandwich by spreading a generous pistachio cream layer.

Then, add the burrata cheese and the Bologna, creating a delicious layered filling. Close with the other half of the schiacciata flatbread.

Start the second sandwich and spread a generous amount of pesto, making sure it covers the entire base. Then, add the sliced mozzarella cheese on top.

Finally, add the prosciutto to top off this other layered deliciousness. Close both the schiacciata sandwiches and serve immediately.

Enjoy these delicious sandwiches!

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