Italian and salami subs are my absolute favourite kind of sandwich. So last week when I discovered the most amazing asiago ciabatta bread I knew I have to combine this amazing bread with the fillings of my favourite sub. While looking for a little inspiration I came across Italian pressed sandwiches. I immediately wanted to try one.
So the recipe I have for you today is my version of an Italian pressed sandwich. It has salami, ham, provolone, roasted red peppers and arugula on it. I even whipped up a little basil mayo for it. This is insanely simple and quite frankly is barely a recipe.
These are the perfect replacement for tea sandwiches at a party. You can whip them up in advance and since ciabatta is such a hearty bread they don’t get soggy! These would also be perfect for packing in a lunch box for work or school, so yummy!
Italian Pressed Sandwiches
Yields: 8 Sandwiches
- 1 loaf Ciabatta Bread (I used asiago ciabatta, but any will work)
- 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil, chopped
- 300 Grams Italian Cold Cuts (I used 200 grams salami and 100 grams ham)
- 6-8 Slices of Provolone Cheese
- 6 Roasted Red Peppers
- 3 Cups Arugula
- Salt and Pepper to taste
In a small bowl mix together mayonnaise and basil, set aside. Slice the ciabatta loaf horizontally separating the top half from the bottom half. Spread the both sides of the bread with a thin layer of basil mayonnaise. Season both halves of the bread with salt and pepper if desired. Layer meat on the bottom half of the bread, layer the cheese next. Pat the roasted red peppers dry to remove excess oil (the dryer the better). Layer the peppers on the sandwich. Top with arugula and the the top half of the loaf.
Wrap the sandwich tightly in plastic wrap. Place the sandwich in the fridge. To get the pressed effect and weight to the top of your sandwich. I placed a cast iron skillet and some canned goods on top of my sandwich. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, but up to 12 hours. The flavours get better the longer they sit.
Remove sandwich from the fridge and cut into 8 pieces, trim the edges if desired. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Seasons and Suppers
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