My favorite kind of sandwich!

I used to hate sandwiches. In elementary school, while everyone was eating PB&Js or Turkey Sandwiches, I would eat a grapefruit and chips. When I went to USD, I moved into my dorm a few weeks early because I was on the dance team and we had practiced before the school year started. The only food place open on campus those first few weeks was a sandwich place. I had no choice, I had to become a sandwich lover.

Even though this is now one of my favorite lunches, I rarely eat it because I try to eat leftovers or a lighter meal for lunch. But when I feel like treating myself, this is my lunch choice!

I do love the convenience of getting an Italian sandwich for takeout from a restaurant, but whenever I do, I always end up overeating and feeling so uncomfortably full! So I decided to take matters into my own hands and make the perfect size sandwich.

This recipe is for two people (or two servings). What takes this sandwich to the next level is broiling it for 2 minutes and the hot chili peppers! You know I love spicy, so the hot chili peppers are a must for me!

The half with pickles was mine! 🙂

Recipe:

  • 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 loaf soft Italian bread
  • 6 slices of Genoa salami
  • 4 slices of smoked ham
  • 6 slices of pepperoni
  • 3 slices of provolone cheese
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 4 hot chili peppers, remove stem, and cut each pepper in half

Steps:

Set the oven to broil.

Split the bread lengthwise, then pull out some of the bread from the inside.

Drizzle one teaspoon of olive oil on each half. Layer 3 slices of salami, 2 slices of smoked ham, 3 slices of pepperoni, and 1 1/2 slices of provolone cheese on each half of the sandwich. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar on top of both sides. Then season each side with 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning.

Place the open-faced sandwich on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven for 2 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Add the shredded lettuce, onion, and chili peppers to the bottom half of the sandwich. Add any other toppings you would like—I like to add pickles! Then place the top half of the bread on the bottom half to close the sandwich and cut the sandwich down the middle.

Enjoy!

By Paloma Diaz

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