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.

Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms on the Char-Broil Big Easy

These mushrooms were stuffed with what may be the perfect combination of ingredients. Herby pesto. Sweet acidic tomatoes. Crunchy Panko breadcrumbs. And cheese. Parmesan and Asiago. I made the mushrooms on my Char-Broil Big Easy, but you can do them in the oven (at 350 F) or on your gas or charcoal grill just as easily. I used medium-sized portobello mushrooms, but if you want to serve these as appetizers you can use mini-bellos instead. They’ll disappear off the plate, that’s for sure!
Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms on the Char-Broil Big EasyIf you don’t have sun-dried tomatoes you can substitute diced roasted red bell peppers or pimentos. I really liked the nuttiness of Asiago cheese, but if you find it to be too strong, a nice shredded Mozzarella will work just fine instead.

Also try my chili-stuffed mushrooms and my herb roasted mushrooms on the Big Easy.

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Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need a Big Easy Bunk Bed Basket or Big Easy Cooking Rack to cook all the mushrooms or once, or divide the recipe in half and cook using a regular basket.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 4 large or 8 medium portobello mushrooms stem and gills removed
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup pre-made pesto sauce
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes with oil chopped
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cheese Mozzarella, Swiss, or my favorite for these mushrooms, Asiago

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Wipe the mushrooms off and brush both sides with the oil.
  • Combine the pesto, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes and Panko in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Divide the pesto mixture between the mushrooms and top with the cheese.
  • Place into the Big Easy basket and cook for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve immediately.