Playing with Piadinas (Recipe Post)

A couple of months ago, I bought the latest Jamie Oliver cookbook, Save with Jamie. I generally have good luck with Jamie Oliver recipes, but this one has really outdone itself, with lots of really yummy recipes.

Playing with Piadina - Adventures of a Subversive Reader

One of the things I really, really like about the book, is that it’s quite adaptable. A lot of the recipes seem to be made of different elements, which can be served on their own or combined with other elements from different recipes. There’s also lots of room for changing ingredients – in fact, I’ve only ever made the Pork Meatloaf with beef mince.

The Tuna Melt Piadina has had a really good reception at our house. Piadinas are an Italian flatbread which is made from flour, salt and water and then fried. The Jamie Oliver recipe has a really delicious tuna and cheese ‘salad’ which goes deliciously gooey in the middle. But the piadina itself can be used for lots of fillings. Squirm and I had a very cut down tuna version the other day for lunch, while the other night I substituted cut up cooked chicken for the tuna (soooooo nice). Apparently they’re also great for sweet fillings, though we haven’t tried that yet.

Here’s my ‘altered’ recipe for the Lunch Tuna Piadina. I made this for 1 adult and 1 toddler and we both ate it all up!

Lunch Tuna Piadina (Inspired by Jamie Oliver)

Serves 1-2


  • 125g self raising flour
  • About 60ml water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Olive oil
  • Small can tuna
  • Desert spoon cream cheese
  • Mustard (of whatever preference)
  1. Put flour, salt and water together in a bowl. Mix them together, first with a spoon then with your hands. Add more flour or water to get the right consistency. Flatten it out to around 18 cm wide.
  2. Put some oil in a medium frypan over moderate heat. Put the dough on for around 3 minutes each side, rubbing a little oil on the top
  3. While the dough is cooking, mix the tuna, cream cheese and mustard together in a bowl
  4. Carefully cut around the edge of the flat bread so you end up with 2 rounds. Put the tuna mix in the middle and fry again for around 3-4 minutes each side

See, really easy! I highly recommend giving this a go for lunch some time. And if you’re looking for some other really interesting and yummy recipes, go and get yourself Save with Jamie – it really is a great book with lots and lots of great ideas in it.

Squirm enjoying his piadina

Squirm enjoying his piadina



    1. I highly highly recommend it – I don’t think I’ve ever made so many recipes out of a single book. A lot are based around left overs from bigger meals, but we just divide up meat into smaller portions and cook them earlier in the day (bake/fry as appropriate)

  1. I’m glad it’s good! I had a library user complain bitterly about it the other day but I was still interested in it. Not that we need any more cookbooks. (Or any other sort of books. Argh.)

    1. People might complain if they always follow the recipes 100% the same, because a lot of the recipes are based on the idea of cooking a roast of some type, then using the leftover. It doesn’t take much creativity to work around that, though 🙂

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