Icons of European Taste

Prosciutto + Fig Pizza & Grana Padano Crisps with Prosciutto Recipes 

This post was developed in sponsored partnership by Icons of European Taste 

One of the things that have been getting me through this time has been recreating past experiences in the comfort of my own home. Specifically, I have been looking back on past travel experiences and transporting myself there through authentic ingredients, recipes, and cooking in my own kitchen. While my trip to Italy has been postponed for the foreseeable future, I have taken myself back to Europe through cooking with Prosciutto di San Daniele PDO, Grana Padano PDO and Prosciutto di Parma PDO right here in Toronto!   

The producers of Prosciutto di San Daniele, Grana Padano and Prosciutto di Parma have come together to be part of a promotional campaign in partnership with the European Union to celebrate legendary quality, tradition and taste of these three world renowned products. In honour of this collaboration, I am very excited to bring to you TWO new recipes that are great to enjoy during the remaining days of summer: Prosciutto di Parma & Fig Pizza AND Grana Padano Crisps with Prosciutto di San Daniele. 

What I love most about these recipes is that they are made with products that have aare PDO stamp. For those who don’t know – PDO means Protected Designation of Origin, which is recognized by official rules to produce certain foods with special characteristics related to location. The PDO product labelling system helps guide consumers in-store to authentic products that have met strict quality-assurance standards. While Prosciutto di San Daniele, Grana Padano and Prosciutto di Parma all happen to be from Italy, what I love most about them is that they are high quality and authentic ingredients that can be found among Canadian retailers. 

Prosciutto di San Daniele, Grana Padano  and Prosciutto di Parma are all enriched in deep-rooted tradition, as their production methods have been handed down from generations to generations by proud artisans. To me, this is very important as I believe it is great to know how the products that we are using are made and where it is from. 

My Prosciutto + Fig Pizza & Grana Padano Crisps are easy and delicious recipes that you will love! The Prosciutto + Fig Pizza is made with Prosciutto di Parma PDO & Grana Padano Cheese and the Crisps with Prosciutto are made with Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano Cheese. Keep reading for both recipes below and learn more about the Icons of European Taste campaign here: https://www.iconsofeuropeantaste.eu/

Prosciutto & Fig Pizza Recipe 

Ingredients

6 oz of thinly slices of Prosciutto di Parma 

⅔ cup of Fig Jam or spread

½ cup of baby arugula 

1 cup + 2 tbsp of freshly grated Grana Padano cheese 

3-4 figs, halved

1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

Salt + pepper to taste 

Pre-made pizza dough 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Line a round or large baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Throw 1-2 tbsp of flour on the counter and knead the pizza dough. Roll out the pizza dough as thinly as possible. Place onto a baking sheet. 
  3. Add Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the dough and spread evenly. Spread ⅓ cup of the fig jam evenly over the surface of the dough. Add another ⅓ cup of the fig jam and fill in any spots. 
  4. Add 1 cup of freshly grated Grana Padano cheese on top of the fig jam and make sure you are covering all of the dough except for the crust. Place pizza into the oven for 18-20 minutes to bake or until the crust is golden brown. 
  5. Remove from the oven and add thin slices of Prosciutto di Parma on top. Add a handful of freshly washed baby arugula and top with fresh figs. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of freshly grated Grana Padano cheese on top. Add freshly ground black pepper. 
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy! 

Grana Padano Crisps with Prosciutto 

Ingredients 

1 cup of Grana Padano cheese, freshly grated 

6-8 slices of thinly sliced Prosciutto di San Daniele 

1 bunch of freshly washed baby arugula 

1 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1-2 tbsp of honey 

Salt + pepper to taste 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F Degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Take 2 tbsp of the freshly grated Grana Padano cheese and scoop 2 tbsp onto the baking sheet to form a round crisp. Make sure to use the back of the spoon to flatten out the cheese. Repeat until all of the cheese has been used.
  3. Pour 1 tbsp of EVOO on top of the cheese crisps and grate black pepper and salt onto each cheese crisp. 
  4. Bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. 
  5. Let the crisps cool for 5-7 minutes before removing them from the baking sheet and top each crisp with 1-2 slices of Prosciutto di San Daniele, arugula and honey. 
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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