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Rustic pie with basil, cherry tomatoes and PGI Felino Salami – Italian Cuisine

A savory cake with a summer flavor, flavored by the presence of Salame Felino PGI, excellence of the Emilia region!

Felino is a town in the province of Parma, which has given birth to one of the finest cold cuts of the Italian culinary tradition: Salame Felino PGI. Although the first discoveries of this salami date back to the first century AD, we must wait until 1905 to see the definition of "Salume Felino" for the first time in the Italian dictionary and 1927 for "Salame Felino", to identify a salami. produced in the province of Parma, a land that has managed to keep intact and then pass on the tradition of production of this sausage.

This cylindrical sausage uses only cuts of meat from highly selected pigs, then minced with the meat grinder and kneaded with salt, pepper in grains and / or chopped, crushed garlic, wine and sugar. With a sweet and delicate taste, it is advisable to keep it in cool and dry places, or in the lower shelves of the refrigerator, and consume it in a short time, to enjoy it at its best.

It can be served sliced, cut into "flute's beak", oblique to the axis of the salami and about half a cent thick, to taste it alone with a good glass of red wine, or used as the main ingredient of a savory cake like this , in which the sweet and delicate taste of Salame Felino PGI goes well with the versatility of tofu and the taste of vegetables.


350 g browse
1 red onion from Tropea Calabria
1 zucchini
1 aubergine
10 cherry tomatoes of various shapes and colors
6/8 slices of Salami Felino IGP
1 bunch of fresh basil
100 gr tofu


Cook for a few minutes the red Tropea Calabria onion cut into slices in a saucepan with a little oil.
Repeat the operation for the zucchini and the aubergines cut quite fine.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and shape it into a round shape. Sprinkle with the sautéed vegetables and add the tomatoes of various colors cut in half leaving the petiole attached.
Add the slices of Salami Felino PGI, a drop of oil and inform at 180 ° for 20/30 minutes.
Just before removing the cake from the fire, quickly cook the basil in a pan with a little oil until it is crispy.
Remove the cake and finish with the basil leaves, a drop of oil and sea salt.

Tomato, mozzarella and basil salad

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This traditional Italian salad – notice how the green, white and red colours of this salad are, patriotically, the same as the colours of the Italian national flag – is so simple to put together. But it looks fab and tastes even better, with the sensational flavours of the Mediterranean. Just the thing to enjoy with a pal on a hot summer’s day…

  • Serves: 2

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Total time: 10 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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If you put a finger over the top of the bottles of balsamic vinegar and olive oil you can “dot the plate” to give it that professional look!


  • 6 small tomatoes
  • 125g pkt of mozzarella pearls, drained
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar, to serve
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to serve


  1. Cut the tomatoes in half, and arrange on two plates with the mozzarella pearls and basil leaves.
  2. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

By Lucy Knox

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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