This prosciutto Sandwich is a delicious Italian panino recipe that pairs prosciutto with fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.
Al’Antico Vinaio, a famous sandwich shop in Florence, is what inspired the creation of this panino (which is the Italian word for sandwich). They have a prosciutto sandwich called “La Summer” on their menu.
A prosciutto sandwich is any sandwich or panino that uses prosciutto. There are so many different combinations of prosciutto sandwiches that you can make. Compared to sandwiches that you’ll find in North America, traditional prosciutto sandwiches are generally more simple when it comes to ingredients.
The idea behind using fewer ingredients in Italian panini goes along with the idea that the ingredients are of high quality, so not many are needed to make the sandwich flavorful.
In this recipe, the prosciutto sandwich is made with schiacciata bread, which is similar to focaccia. If you’re looking for more sandwich recipes, definitely check out this mortadella sandwich recipe! You can use any type of bread that you prefer! I used fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, and fresh basil as fillings for the sandwich.
Here’s why you should make this prosciutto panino:
- It’s quick and easy: The ingredient list for this recipe is straightforward, and you only need a few minutes to make it.
- It has amazing flavor: This prosciutto sandwich is filled with the classic combination of prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. It doesn’t get more delicious than that!
- It’s easy to adjust: This recipe is flexible, in that there are so many ways that you can adjust it based on your preferences. Add your favorite sandwich fillings, or experiment with different types of bread. The possibilities are endless!
- Prosciutto: The key ingredient! Prosciutto has a salty and subtly sweet flavor that is so tasty on its own, and pairs perfectly with just about anything.
- Schiacciata bread: The type of bread that I used. Schiacciata is an Italian flatbread similar to focaccia. You can use any type of bread that you prefer to make a prosciutto sandwich.
- Buffalo mozzarella: This is a type of mozzarella cheese made from water buffalo milk. It is known to be richer and creamier, and has a stronger flavor compared to regular mozzarella.
- Tomatoes: Fill the sandwich with a few tomato slices, which adds extra flavor and freshness.
- Basil: Add a few basil leaves to expand the flavor even more.
Filling options for a prosciutto sandwich:
When it comes to Italian panini: the simpler, the better! It is common for Italians to add only prosciutto to a sandwich so that they can maximize its flavor and truly savor it.
Sometimes, cheeses like fresh mozzarella or provolone are added to prosciutto sandwiches. But the key is to keep it as simple as possible. Prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil are the only fillings that I used in this recipe. Here are a few other filling options that you can try:
- Prosciutto, scamorza (type of cheese) and arugula
- Prosciutto, fresh figs, buffalo milk mozzarella
Other filling ideas of a prosciutto sandwich include pesto, roasted bell peppers, fig preserves, or balsamic vinegar.
How to make it – step by step
Cut the schiacciata.
Add the prosciutto to the base of the sandwich (photo 1)
Place the mozzarella on top (photo 2)
Place the tomato slices on top of the mozzarella. Top the tomatoes with salt if desired (photo 3)
Place the basil leaves on top of the tomatoes (photo 4)
Place the other piece of bread on top to form a sandwich (photo 5) Cut the panino in half. Serve and enjoy! (photo 6)
Prosciutto is the Italian word for “ham”. It refers to any kind of ham, including dry-cured and cooked. In English, prosciutto typically refers to uncooked, unsmoked, and dry-cured ham. There are a few different types of prosciutto. Prosciutto di Parma, or Parma ham, is from the Parma region of Northern Italy, and is produced from the hind legs of a certain breed of pig. It has a sweet and nutty flavor. San Daniele prosciutto is slightly sweeter and less salty compared to Parma prosciutto, and contains more fat. There are not as many producers of San Daniele prosciutto, and it tends to be more expensive due to supply and demand.
here are many different ways that you can eat prosciutto panino. First, you can enjoy prosciutto on its own, sandwiched between the bread or roll slices. This is the best way to really take in the flavors of the cured meat. You can also add different fillings to a prosciutto panino, such as cheese, tomatoes, pickled vegetables, or arugula. Try it with different types of bread like focaccia or schiacciata. You can enjoy a prosciutto sandwich for lunch, dinner, or even as a snack.
Prosciutto pairs well with fruit, such as cantaloupe, honeydew, or figs. You can also eat it with vegetables like Jerusalem artichoke or cucumber. Cheese, bread, olives, basil, and sage are other common pairings.
Cheeses that are sharp and pungent taste great with prosciutto, as their flavors complement each other perfectly. Try it with mozzarella, Gorgonzola, feta, or blue cheese. Gouda, brie, ricotta, and goat cheese are also great with prosciutto.
You can eat prosciutto di Parma on its own, or enjoy it with some mozzarella cheese, melon slices, or on a sandwich. It is often added to charcuterie boards and eaten as an appetizer, mixed in with pasta, or as a pizza topping.
It is best to eat your prosciutto sandwich immediately after you make it. Storage (even in the fridge) is not recommended, as it will lose its flavor and quality.
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Prosciutto Sandwich (Panino) With Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil
Prosciutto Sandwich, a delicious Italian panino recipe that pairs prosciutto with fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.
- 1 schiacciata optional to use – can use any bread
- 150-200 g prosciutto crudo sliced
- 1 large ball fresh buffalo mozzarella
- 4-5 slices large tomato
- 5 large basil leaves
Cut a piece of schiacciata, or whichever bread you are using. Slice the schiacciata lengthwise to form two pieces of bread that you can add the ingredients to.
Add the prosciutto to the base of the sandwich.
Place the mozzarella on top. Place the tomato slices on top of the mozzarella. Top the tomatoes with salt if desired.
Place the basil leaves on top of the tomatoes.
Place the other piece of bread on top to form a sandwich. Cut the panino in half. Serve and enjoy!
- The schiacciata was cut into a long 11×4.5 inch piece, then cut in half once assembled to make 2 sandwiches.