Two Ciabatta Pizzas

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Dinner, Main Course American/Italian
By Kelly Djalali Serves: Makes Two Pizzas
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cooking Time: 10-15 Minutes Total Time: ~30 Minutes

Two different pizzas made on light and airy Ciabatta bread. One with Italian Speck, ricotta, topped with a chopped salad. One with Serrano ham and Pesto.


  • 1 Loaf Ciabatta Bread, sliced in half horizontally
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1-1.5 cups Grated Low Moisture Mozzarella
  • 3 oz. Serrano Ham
  • 3 oz. Italian Speck
  • 3 tbsp. Fresh Pesto
  • 2 tbsp. Chopped Calabrian Peppers
  • Small handful Mozzarella Pearls
  • 1/4 cup Ricotta Cheese
  • Chopped Salad
  • 1 cup Chopped Salad Greens
  • 1 Shallot, sliced thin
  • Drizzle of Olive oIl
  • 1 tbsp. Aged Sherry Vinegar
  • Flaky Finishing Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and slice the Ciabatta loaf horizontally to create two pizza surfaces. Place the two halves on a sheet tray.


Spread a layer of tomato sauce on each Ciabatta half and cover each sauced half with about half a cup of grated mozzarella cheese.


Separate each slice of meat and make a little crumple with each slice and place the Serrano ham on one pizza and the Speck on the other. Depending on the size of your Ciabatta, you should be able to cover the whole pizza with little meat bundles.


For the Serrano ham pizza, dollop little spoon fulls of fresh pesto evenly around the pizza.


For the Speck pizza do the same with the crushed Calabrian chilis.


Then top the Serrano ham and pesto pizza with mozzarella pearls.


Top the Speck pizza with little dollops of ricotta cheese.


Bake the pizzas for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the Ciabatta is toasted.


Meanwhile make the chopped salad.


Combine chopped mixed greens, sliced shallot, chopped parsley, olive oil and sherry vinegar in a small bowl. Toss until greens and shallots are coated in oil and vinegar. Season with flaky sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper.


When the pizzas come out of the oven, transfer them to a cutting board.


Use kitchen tongs to top the Speck Pizza with the chopped salad.


Slice horizontally on the short side, down the length of the pizzas, and serve.