When planning the menu for my son’s first birthday I wanted to have plenty of easy adult friendly and kid friendly food. Sandwiches were the best bet in my book.
I saw this great pin via Pinterest and wanted to give making Italian Pressed Sandwiches a shot for the more adult friendly food (although, the kids ate it up too!) These sandwiches are great for mixing and matching things that you love. **READ MORE FOR RECIPE**
Italian Pressed Sandwiches
Makes approximately 24 1 inch by 2 inch sandwiches
- Ciabatta bread: I used one very large loaf, but you can get small rolls instead if you desire, probably 6 small rolls would work
- Italian Dressing: Any kind of Italian salad dressing will work. I use my favorite, Newman’s Own Family Recipe Italian Salad Dressing.
- Pesto: You can buy some or make your own! I made my own by processing pine nuts, olive oil and basil in my food processor. I made approximately 1 cup.
- Fresh Basil leaves about 24-30 leaves
- Roasted Red Peppers: 1 jar works
- Three types of Italian cured meats. I used pepperoni and two styles of salami. I bought one package of each and used enough to cover a layer.
- Provolone Cheese: 1 package of sliced cheese
- Pepperocini: Again, you can use whatever your local market has… I used Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Golden Greek Peperoncini Peppers
- Heavy Books, bricks covered in foil, or a cast iron pan
- Slice the ciabatta bread in half
- Spread Italian Dressing on one of the two halves of bread
- Spread Pesto on the other half
- Put a layer of provolone cheese on the half of bread that has the pesto. Build your sandwich from there.
- Layer on top of it a layer of pepperoni
- Layer on top of it a layer of salami
- Layer another layer of salami
- Layer on Basil Leaves
- Layer on red peppers
- Top with the Italian Dressing side
- Press sandwiches by putting a heavy object on top of the sandwich! I like to put a layer of wax paper on top of the sandwiches just to keep the food safe. Keep sandwiches pressed for about 30 minutes.
- Cut Sandwiches into 1 inch by 2 inch rectangles
- Top each sandwich with a pepperocini by spearing the pepper and sandwich with a toothpick
Mmmmm… I want another one right now! You will probably have left over ingredients. That is okay, you can use them throughout the week. I’d love to know how things turn out if you make these!
*Photos by Motormouth Studio
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