[ad] Italian Sub Sandwich with Prosciutto di Parma, Salad, and Cheese – An easy to prepare American/Italian inspired “long sandwich” that would be great for outdoor dining and picnics.
For Summer Picnics and Al Fresco Dining
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Today’s recipe for Italian Sub Sandwich with Prosciutto di Parma Ham comes just in time for the heat wave that is heading our way in the UK; a “sub” or “submarine” is a fabulous “long style” sandwich made famous in the States, but this sandwich has pure Italian style and taste at its heart with the use of Prosciutto di Parma as the main ingredient. Easy to assemble, and also to transport, this sandwich would make the perfect lunch time meal or snack for all of your “al fresco” dining, as well as being the star of any summer picnics too.
Prosciutto di Parma, or as it is also known, Parma Ham, is a regular staple in the Lavender and Lovage kitchen; we love its full-bodied flavour and silky texture, and I use it for all sorts of recipes, such as antipasto platters and for wrapping seasonal fruit in as an amuse bouche. Parma Ham is a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product and is 100% natural with no nitrates and nitrites, which is good news, and has no additives and preservatives (except sea salt). The drying process that Parma Ham goes through creates a ham that is very low in fat content, with many mineral salts, vitamins, antioxidants and easily digestible proteins.
Prosciutto di Parma is produced in the hills surrounding the Italian town of Parma in the area of Emilia Romagna in Italy. The unique taste of Parma Ham is dependent on the traditional production process passed down from Roman times, carefully controlled by the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma. Only hams that have passed strict curing regulations approved by the EU can be awarded the stamp of the Ducal crown – a five-pointed coronet logo with PARMA in the centre which is branded onto the ham’s skin. As I said before, it’s one of those staple ingredients that I always have in the fridge for impromptu snacking, pasta, pizza and other Italian recipes.
My recipe for my summer sub sandwich is shared below, along with some other ideas how to serve this delectable ham. And, don’t forget, there’s no need to trim the fat off the slices of ham, the thin strip of ham that surrounds each slice, adds taste and texture, and almost melts in the mouth. I am very excited to be able to offer all Lavender & Lovage readers a GIVEAWAY to win a hamper of Prosciutto di Parma, so do pop back to enter for a chance to win! Karen
Recipe & Eating Ideas:
• For a classic antipasto, arrange three to four slices of Parma Ham on a plate, accompanied simply by Italian cheeses and bread.
• Drape Parma Ham slices around fresh figs or melon slices. Or try other fruits with
complementary flavors, such as ripe pears, papaya, pineapple and kiwis. To
create an elegant salad, top mixed greens with slivers of Parma Ham and curls of
• Make an Italian-style panino by layering slices of Parma Ham on a crusty roll with
fresh or smoked mozzarella, tomato slices and a sprinkling of olive oil. Wrap
Parma Ham slices around bread sticks, lightly cooked asparagus spears or grilled
shrimp. Dice or chop thick-slices of Parma Ham to flavour pastas, rice or risotto,
or vegetables such as asparagus or peas.
• Sauté finely diced Parma Ham with onions, carrots, celery and herbs to make a
soffritto, or flavor base, for sauces and many other dishes. Parma Ham also
makes a wonderful cooking ingredient so don’t be afraid to experiment. It adds
personality to pasta and imparts a delicious flavour when wrapped around fish or
chicken and cooked in the oven. It is excellent enjoyed with white wines!
Watch out for my NEXT recipe for Prosciutto di Parma and Peach Mini Skewers AND a special Giveaway for all my readers!