Great Italian appetizers are less about technique and more about buying the right stuff. That's actually true of all cuisine. Mortadella, also called baloney because it comes from Bologna, is a wonderful cold cut, so smooth as it slides over your tongue when you have it sliced super thin. Sometimes it has pistachios in it. Robiola cheese is, to my way of thinking, the sexiest cream cheese of all time. It's from Piemonte. When he saw me putting this together, Michael couldn't resist chiming in with, "I love this, Batali is making baloney and cream cheese sandwiches." He had a point; you could use regular old baloney instead of mortadella, and cream cheese works too. You roll 'em up with a basil leaf, cook 'em up on a grill pan. Finito!
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