For those who love classic Italian flavours, this Toasted Italian Sandwich is the perfect lunch or picnic dish. It’s made with fresh Ciabatta bread. Then loaded with sweet Italian peppers and layers of prosciutto and salami. Don’t forget the fresh herbs. I’ve used rocket and basil. And finally, the mozzarella, melted to ooey gooey perfection.
Super simple, quick, and totally yum.
While you can definitely eat the peppers raw, I preferred to soften them first, cooking them gently for a few minutes with a little olive oil and mixed Italian herbs. Doing this step just ensures that everything doesn’t fall off the sandwich when you build it. And, of course, it adds flavour and brings out the sweetness of the peppers.
While I’m sure one doesn’t really need a recipe for a sandwich, I’ve added it below for those who want to duplicate this exact version.
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Toasted Italian Sandwich
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Large Italian Sweet Peppers Deseeded and quartered
- 1 tsp Dried Italian Herb Mix
- Salt and Pepper to taste Optional
- 1 Ciabatta Loaf
- 80 grams Prosciutto
- 80 grams Salami
- 200 grams Mozzarella
- 60 grams Fresh Rocket
- Fresh Basil Optional
- Deseed the peppers and quarter them lengthways
- Place a large pan on medium low heat, add the olive oil, then the peppers and herbs. Season with salt and pepper if you wish. Place a lid on the pan and cook gently for around 5 to 10 minutes, until the peppers have softened. Turn the peppers over every few minutes
- While the peppers are cooking, prepare the remainder of your ingredients. Slice the Ciabatta down the middle lengthways then slice the mozzarella
- Assemble the sandwich by layering the ingredients. I started with the prosciutto, then salami, followed by the peppers, then the cheese and finally the herbs
- Preheat your Panini/sandwich press (You could do grill the sandwich in a pan if you do not have a sandwich press, just take care when flipping it)
- Place the top of the bread on then place the whole sandwich on the grill/press. Gently press it down and heat just for a few minutes until the mozzarella starts to melt
- Tip: For an even top to your sandwich, rotate it after a few minutes
- Remove, slice into as many portions as you wish and serve
- Tip: If you're making this sandwich for a picnic or to add to a lunch box, use a cocktail skewer or toothpick to ensure it doesn't fall apart or wrap each portion in wax wrap