RECIPE

Schiacciata with Prosciutto and Melon

Mario Batali has shared this creative take on prosciutto with melon with us from his book, Italian Grill!
Prosciutto and melon is a familiar combination, but here the prosciutto crisps on top of the grilled bread and the cantaloupe is served alongside for a cool contrast.

Ingredients

  • Pizza Dough
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto di Parma
  • 1 small or 1/2 large ripe cantaloupe, seeded and cut into 6 wedges

Preparation

Pre-heat a gas grill or prepare a fire in a charcoal grill. Place a piastra on the grill to pre-heat.

Divide the dough into two pieces. Using a floured rolling pin, roll each piece out to a rectangular shape about 12 inches long, 6-7 inches wide and 1/4-inch thick.

Carefully place one rectangle on the piastra (or cook them both at the same time if your piastra is big enough) and cook for just 30 seconds. Carefully turn the bread over and cook until the bottom is light golden brown and dry, about 1 minute. Transfer to a cutting board (with the less cooked side up) and repeat with the second piece of dough.

Brush the top of each bread with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Divide the prosciutto between the breads, covering as much of the bread as possible. Using a large spatula, carefully place one of the breads (or both if you have room) on the piastra, cover with a large upside-down roasting pan and cook, undisturbed, for 4-5 minutes, or until the bottom is a deep golden brown and the top has cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and repeat with the second bread.

Allow the schiacciate to rest for 2 minutes, then cut into wedges, place on plates and set a wedge of melon alongside each one.

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