Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins
This is the sandwich to make when you want an attention grabber! At a good Italian delicatessen, you'll be able to find the peppers and sliced meats as well as a crusty loaf that will hold all the fixings. Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Outdoors Series,Picnics and Tailgates,by Diane Rossen Worthington (Time-Life Books, 1998).
Italian Hero Sandwich
- 1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard
- salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Italian bread, with sesame seeds,about 24 inches long,cut in half lengthwise
- 1⁄2 cup seeded and chopped pepperoncini pepper
- 1⁄2 cup seeded and chopped cherry pepper
- 2 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce
- 4 tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 5 ounces thinly sliced salami
- 5 ounces thinly sliced capicola
- 5 ounces thinly sliced cotto salami
- 5 ounces thinly sliced mortadella
- 5 ounces thinly sliced provolone cheese
- In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, oregano, mustard, salt and pepper.
- Stir to mix well.
- Whisk in the olive oil until incorporated.
- On a work surface, lay out 3 long pieces of plastic wrap, placing them side by side and slightly overlapping.
- Place the bottom half of the loaf over the wrap.
- Spread the pepperoncini and cherry peppers over the bread.
- Scatter evenly with the lettuce and layer with the tomatoes.
- Drizzle with a few tablespoons of the dressing.
- Layer the meats, one at a time, over the tomatoes, making sure to distribute them evenly.
- Top with a layer of provolone cheese.
- Drizzle the remaining dressing over the cut side of the top of the loaf.
- Place on the layered sandwich and enclose in the plastic.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or for up to 4 hours to develop the flavors.
- To serve, unwrap the sandwich and slice into large pieces about 3 to 4 inches wide.
Yum-O! I did it a little differently, but the results were spectacular! Instead of letting the sandwich have a rest in the fridge, I brushed the dressing on the bread, added the meat, and added cheese on each side of the bread. Then I broiled the sandwich just until the cheese was golden and bubbly. Mmmm! This makes you want sandwiches for dinner every night! Thanks! :)
This was absolutely delicious. Keep in mind that you can be flexible with the meats and cheeses - every deli does it their own way. I can't get the good stuff where I live now, so I just used Genoa salami, cracked pepper turkey, provolone, and Lacey Swiss. Some places use ham or prosciutto or pastrami, some put mozzarella; use what you can find and what sounds good to you. Thanks so much for this recipe, the dressing was exactly what I was looking for!
Now this is my kind of sandwich!!! I could have eaten another one! I left out the mustard, and I added a 1/2 tsp. sugar in with the oil and vinegar. I also added in a few shakes of Italian seasoning. The combination of meats were excellent, and right on when it comes to a true "Hero" sandwich. My grandmother would be proud :) I will make these again soon! Thanks for sharing!