Friday, July 15, 2011

Classic Italian Sub

or grinder as we like to call them in New England!

There is a small family-owned Italian restaurant called Ciao Bella and its located over on next block from my old job in the city. Amongst all their delicious Italian style dishes, the most impressive items on their menu were their grinders!

They were so huge! I remember the first time I ordered an Italian Grinder from them. I opened it up and saw a giant loaf of crusty Italian bread, stuffed with a generous helping of Italian meats, hots, and veggies. I remember thinking, "now that's a sandwich!" and then "how in the world am I going to fit this in my mouth?!".

Believe me, I managed to find a way!

Here is my version of their legendary Italian sandwiches. I kept it pretty traditional, but threw in a special spread I picked up from Rachel Ray. I saw her puree a jar of those marinated vegetables you can get in the international aisle at the store and spread it on a sandwich. I knew this was the perfect sandwich to try this out on!

Classic Italian Sub
recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry. 
serves 2 to 4, depending on how hungry you are :)
1 large loaf of Italian Bread
1/4 lb of genoa salami
1/4 lb proscuitto
1/4 lb ham ( I used boars head rosemary ham)
1/4 lb provolone cheese
1/3 cup banana peppers
2 tomatoes, diced
1 jar marinaded vegetables
1/4 cup pickles (I used wickles because they are sweet and spicy)
mixed greens
2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette
deli dressing ( I used boars head deli dressing, but you could just add some Italian seasonings to extra virgin olive oil to make your own)
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

In a food processor, add marinated vegetables (remove stems of pepperoncinis if necessary) Add pickles, cheese, and a little olive oil and pulse until you form a spread. Chop tomatoes and drizzle with vinaigrette and let sit until ready to use. Slice bread lengthwise and spread vegetables across bottom layer. Top with salami, proscuitto, ham, cheese, and tomatoes. Add pepperonicinis and mixed greens and drizzle with deli dressing. Top with second layer and slice into 4 large pieces.


Ellie said...

Throw a little capicolla in there and I am all set!! :) YUM.

Tina @flourtrader said...

Yes, I sometimes crave a good deli sandwich and go all out. Rosemary ham is to die for. No doubt this tastes wonderful, I am now craving it for lunch and I have yet to have breakfast! Yum

Val said...

Oh how I miss thee.......when I lived in Massachusetts this sub was a staple in my life. I use to crave them. Living in California...they don't really make these and so I do on occasion make them and it is a treat!! Great recipe and thanks for sharing.

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum said...

Mmm cold cuts on crusty white bread. There's no replacement for the real thing!

Parsley Sage said...

Outstanding! That IS a sammich :) I must investigate the Rachel Ray spread. Sounds intriguing.

Finally got around to posting your super hot steak this morning!

Rachel B. said...

Or in Pennsylvania we call it an Italian hoagie and it's my favorite too! I love a good crusty Italian bread, that loaf looks five star. Mmmmm...

Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

What a great lunch, this looks delicious!! :)

Christine's Pantry said...

Looks wonderful! I love subs'

Holly said...

Mmmm subs of any kind make me happy! YUM!

Lindselicious said...

These look so good, I love a good Sub. Super good idea to use those marinated veggies as a spread too.

Erin said...

Now that is a sandwich! Looks amazing! Simple but delicious!

Spicie Foodie said...

I love Italian subs, but haven't had one in a long time. Going to make yours :)

Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

Mmm best sandwich there is!

Terri @ that's some good cookin' said...

Subs...the ultimate perfect sandwich. Beautiful picture; it makes me hungry! Thanks for sharing.

Chelsea said...

Okay, I have a huge beef (ha!) with cold meat, but I could easily get over that for this sandwich. YUM!

Kimberly said...

I LOVE Subs like this! Can't wait to try this soon!


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