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Tramezzini.. and Ferragosto

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Trying to enjoy this last month of summer for is hot, and sunny  here in the mountains of Abruzzo…and this month  includes lots of trips to the beach, the park, the mountains and anywhere eating alfresco is is a recipe for one of my favorite portable sandwiches for any impromptu picnic… this week is a week long celebration of the last of hurrah of the summer of 2015..culminating on August 15th..known as Ferragosto

Tramezzini are delicious finger appetizers, known all over the world. They can be described as elegant flavorful finger sandwiches that can be adapted for almost any occasion: for an outside picnic, for a simple snack, for an elegant buffet or an afternoon tea and for a quick meal. They are easy to prepare and you can fill them with many different ingredients, the flavor combinations are endless! That is one reason that almost everyone, including children love them.

The simplest version is to prepare a filling of prosciutto, cheese, tomato, lettuce but you can take away or add ingredients as you like.

Tramezzini al Prosciutto

8 thin slices Swiss cheese

8 lettuce leaves-romaine or spring mix or baby spinach

3 ½ tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tomatoes

8 thin slices of prosciutto

3 tablespoons of sliced black sliced olives

8 slices of American style bread, crusts removed

Prepare the ingredients by washing and drying the lettuce, and tomatoes. Separate the lettuce leaves. Slice tomatoes. Set aside. Slice black olives. Prepare 4 sets of sandwiches by first cutting off crusts of bread. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on each slice of bread. Begin by layering ingredients on 4 slices this way. First a slice of prosciutto, then 2 lettuce leaves for each sandwich, then tomato slices, another layer of prosciutto, slice of cheese, sliced black olives. Top with slice of bread, mayonnaise side down. Wrap tramezzini in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. Then slice sandwich in half first in triangular shape then cut that into half , so you then have 4 triangle shaped sandwiches.


Text copyright 2015 Art of Living.PrimaMedia,inc/Maria Liberati

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