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Speeding all Romano is an Italian loaf with mozzarella and a caper and anchovy sauce

Spiedini alla Romana

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 365kcal
This Spiedini alla Romana is hands-down one of the most spectacular AND delicious appetizers you will ever serve.  Don't be afraid of the anchovies, the taste is subtle and provides a depth to the sauce that is heavenly.  This one is a keeper if there ever was one.  
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  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 4 anchovy fillets, drained and coarsely chopped (we like the kind packed in oil, but packed in water works, too)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup nonpareil capers, drained
  • 6 large basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large loaf rustic-style bread, round or rectangle loaf, not-sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in half
  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced into 5 half-inch slices


  • Pre-heat oven to 500°F.
  • In a medium-sized skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter.  Add the shallot and cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes, until they are lightly browned.
  • Add the anchovies and use the back of a fork to rub them into the shallots.  Cook for about another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the wine and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken stock and increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Let cook for 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add remaining butter, one tablespoon at a time, whisking often, until the sauce thickens a little.
  • Stir in the capers, basil and parsley.  Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Cover and remove from heat.
  • Cut the ends off of the loaf of bread, and the sides, too, until you have a rectangular loaf of bread.   Cut the loaf into 5 or 6 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices.
  • Place the bread slices in the oven directly on the rack and toast them for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned.  Remove from the oven.
  • Using the cut side of the garlic, rub it all over both sides of each toasted slice of bread.
  • Place one slice of bread on a cutting board and place a slice of the thick-cut mozzarella on the bread.  Repeat this process, ending with the last piece of bread.  
  • Spear the sandwich with a wooden (or metal) skewer and push all the way through so it will hold in place while it bakes.
  • Transfer to a shallow baking pan and place in the oven for 16 minutes.  Use oven mitts and tongs to rotate the sandwich once every 4 minutes.  (Some of the cheese will melt out of the sandwich, but that's okay, just push it back into place with a fork or spoon). 
  • Transfer the spiedini to a serving platter, remove the skewer, and pour the warm sauce all over it.  
  • You can cut the spiedini into individual servings, or serve as is, and let guests pull apart their own portion.  


Calories: 365kcal