Toasted Italian Sandwich

I love my Cuisinart Griddler. It’s the perfect kitchen appliance. I use it to make paninis, hashbrowns, waffles, burgers, eggs… just about anything. My favorite use for it has to be making sandwiches, like this toasted Italian sandwich. The bread gets nice and toasted on the outside, giving me that perfect crunchy bite. The mozzarella cheese gets nice and melted. Top that off with great Italian cold cuts, homemade sun-dried tomatoes and pesto, and I’ve got the perfect lunch.
Toasted Italian SandwichMy favorite bread for sandwiches is hands-down, ciabatta. It has those great airy pockets in it (it reminds me a bit of English muffins, my other favorite bread). It gets fantastically crunchy while still being soft in the middle, like the perfect pizza crust.

The Griddler is the master of making sandwiches. Also try my sweet-and-savory turkey panini.

Toasted Italian Sandwich

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 ciabatta roll sliced horizontally
  • 1 tablespoon pesto sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomatoes chopped
  • 2 slices Mozzarella cheese
  • 3 slices Prosciutto
  • 1 slice salami
  • 1 slice sandwich pepperoni
  • 1 slice Capicolo
  • 1 slice Sopressata

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet, cast iron skillet or Griddler.
  • Place the ciabatta into the skillet cut-side down and toast for a few minutes until the bread starts to get crunchy and brown.
  • Spread the top of the roll with pest and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Add the cheese and meats to the bottom slice. Return to the skillet to melt the cheese.
  • Add the top bun, slice and serve.

Baked Italian Sub Pizza

This baked Italian sub pizza packs on everything I love about a classic Italian sub (er… hoagie). Sandwich meats. Black olives and banana peppers (yum). Cheese. Lots of cheese. And just a bit of Italian dressing and basil. Quick to make and quick to disappear, these pizzas make for a great fast lunch or dinner.
baked-italian-sub-pizzaTo spice this baked Italian sub pizza up, use hot banana peppers, spicy salami and maybe toss a few jalapeno slices on there to boot. Oh, and a good bit of dried red pepper flake ain’t gonna hurt either.

Also try my French bread pizza rustica.

Baked Italian Sub Pizza

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 12 " loaf French bread
  • 4 tablespoons Italian salad dressing
  • 8 thin slices of tomato
  • 4 thin slices of hard salami chopped
  • 4 ounces of thin sliced deli ham chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup sliced mild banana peppers
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese divided
  • Dried basil crumbled

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Cut the bread in half lengthwise and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Brush the insides of each half of bread with the Italian dressing.
  • Divide the tomato, salami, ham, olives and peppers between the two bread halves.
  • Add cheeses.
  • Sprinkle with crumbled basil and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy.
  • Cut into slices and serve.

Italian Hoagie

Anita and I recently returned from the Pittsburgh, PA area. Anita was there for a conference, and I was there for food. Right down the street from our hotel was Pizza Bella. They made the most amazingly good hoagie that as soon as we returned home I had to make hoagies. And here it is in all of its glory. Great meats, cheese, and fresh toppings, all with a fantastic dressing.
Italian HoagieI hope I never have to decide between which is my favorite: hoagies or muffulettas. They are both fantastic sandwiches, both with a lot of Italian influence in the ingredients. One thing is for sure, though. The next time we are in the Pittsburgh area we’ll swing by Pizza Bella and grab more hoagies.

Also try my other version of hoagie dressing and my Italian grinders.

Italian Hoagie

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the hoagie

  • 4 12 " Hoagie rolls
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced capicola
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced Genoa salami
  • 1/2 pound Provolone cheese
  • Hoagie dressing from below
  • 4 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 to matoes sliced thin
  • 1 medium white onion sliced thin (soak in cold water first if desired)
  • Hot or sweet peppers

For the hoagie dressing (makes enough for 4 or more hoagies)

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

For the hoagie

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Slice bread rolls horizontally. Do not cut all the way through.
  • Brush insides of bread with dressing. Add meats and cheese.
  • Wrap in foil and place in oven for 12 minutes or until hot and the bread is a little crunchy.
  • Remove from foil. Add remaining ingredients, plus a little more of the dressing.
  • Serve.

For the hoagie dressing

  • Whisk together all ingredients.