This recipe was originally submitted by Mean Chef, and I adopted it after he left the site. My original review stated, "This is an incredible sandwich...the kind that you order from a great soup/sandwich deli. I loved it as is, but Hubby would have liked a few less capers, as he isn't as much of a salt-fiend as I am. I did have to use a sweet yellow onion, as I had forgotten to pick up a red one. I also used black forest ham and roma tomatoes. Great sandwich." We have made this several times and love this sandwich.
- add 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
- add 2-3 pinches dried oregano
- add 1 large tomato
- add 1/2 cup pimento stuffed olives
- add 4 French rolls
- add 4 pickled peppers
- add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- add 8 ounces provolone cheese
- add 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- add 3-4 teaspoons capers
- add 1/2 red onion or sweet yellow onion
- add 4-6 garlic cloves
- add 4 ounces Westphalian ham, thinly sliced or black forest ham or smoked turkey or mortadella
- add olive oil
- add 4 ounces dry salami
- Open the rolls and pull out a bit of their fluffy insides.
- Sprinkle each cut side with olive oil and vinegar, then with garlic, capers and oregano.
- Layer one side of each roll with red pepper, pickled peppers, onion, olives, tomato, salami, ham and finally the cheese.
- Replace roll tops, close up tightly and press together well to help seal.
- Heat a heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and lightly brush the outside of each roll with olive oil.
- Place 2 sandwiches at a time in the hot pan.
- Press the sandwiches with a wide spatula several times, turning once or twice, until the bread is crisp and the cheese is melted.
- The sandwiches also can be pressed by placing a heavy skillet on top during grilling.
- (If the bread is browning too quickly, reduce heat to medium.) Cook sandwiches until golden brown on one side, then turn and brown the second side.
- Sandwiches are ready when crisply golden and the cheese has oozed a bit and crisped in places.
- Cut into halves and eat right away.