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Friday, March 6, 2009

Toasted Italian Sandwich

I have a serious obsession. Can you guess what it is (?)....yup, food. Big shocker, huh? Well, in my endless pursuit of finding more food blogs, I came across of couple of blogs devoted to Italian food. Um...another obsession...Italy! I love all things Italian and am determined to live there, at least for a little while, at some point in my life. Lucky for me, these lovely Italian food bloggers were inviting everybody to participate in their 2nd Annual Festa Italiana Roundup! This roundup of Italian food ranges from the simple to the Proud Italian Cook and Finding la Dolce Vita tell us in their blogs...the party is about the people ! Well, it's always about the food, too.

Now, where to begin...what to make!? I love Italian food and have many, many favorites...but the one I decided to submit to the Festa Italiana Roundup is probably the simplest of them all. It is my husband's favorite sandwich (or so he says every time he asks me to make a few). I know I've said it before (I guess that means I really mean it)...sometimes the simplest food is the best food. So, follow my lead or gather a different variety of Italian (or other) lunch meats & cheeses...and toast up a sandwich today!

Now this is what I'm talkin' about! For the sandwich, gather:

Italian bread, cut in sandwich lengths or individual loaves cut in half.

Garlic, whole cloves- halved lengthwise

Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated





Lettuce, shred or whole leaf

tomato, sliced

Your favorite Italian dressing or vinaigrette

Preheat your broiler. Put bread, cut side up, under broiler until toasted. Rub w/ cut side of garlic and sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Layer your meats onto bottom half of bread. Add cheese.

Place this half back under broiler until cheese is bubbly & browned.

Top with lettuce & tomato. Drizzle all over with Italian dressing. Place other half of bread on top of sandwich. Cut in half and serve. It's delicious when it's really warm (just toasted)...and deliciously messy; with each bite the dressing will run down your fingers! It's so perfect! The reason I layered everything on to the bottom half of the bread is to allow the dressing to soak into the top half once it's on, but it can never soak it all up...

Would you like to comment?

  1. Oh, what a wonderful idea. This sandwich looks amazing. I love how you made it, all the layers and all that flavor. Great job! See you at the party!

  2. Now that looks like an amazing sandwich!

  3. OK that sandwich... NOW THAT IS AWESOME. I love how you coated with cheese. Can you please send one my way?

  4. I LOVE it! Thanks for joining us at the festa!

  5. I love all the ingredients, all the makings for a great sandwich!! Thank you Heather for bringing this to our festa!
    xox, Marie

  6. Now that's a sandwich!! It's positively delicious!!!

  7. I will definitely be hovering around the table to have my share. Save me a glass of wine will you?

  8. OH MY GOD. That looks SO good! Now I want one!!!

  9. love 'em all nice sandwiches well prepared and balanced. cheers 4 sharing

  10. yum!! i love a good italian sandwich! salami always makes me smile :)

  11. I love the platter of ingredients and the finished sandwich is so tempting!

  12. I saw your beautiful sandwich at the Italian fiesta. I love a good Italian sandwich with vinaigrette and I always make my own - no bottled dressings for me. For some reason in the south people like to put mayo on this kind of sandwich and that's not what it's all about. The fiesta is a fun event. See you there.