We’re entertaining a crowd next week. It will be a kind of “happy hour” sort of gathering, an after-work event that requires substantial snacks to go along with refreshing beverages. As the triple digit heat continues here, there will be more then a few guests taking a cool dip in the pool. I think these Italian-inspired layered sandwiches might be on the menu.These hearty sandwiches look terrific on a platter and are delicious. They are a combination of cold cuts, cheese, herbs, assertive greens, and roasted peppers. All these ingredients are layered onto ciabatta rolls, tightly wrapped, and chilled. They can be assembled a day ahead of time.
As you can see, there’s a lot to like in these sandwich rolls. You can certainly customize them to your tastes, but don’t forget to season well with good balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and fresh herbs. If your rolls are a little thicker than you like, simply pull out some of the crumb, and fill the space with more greens (that’s what I did and it worked really well).
You can also make a large version of the sandwich using an entire ciabatta loaf, then portion it into serving-size pieces. Follow the recipe only as a guide, and have fun with your own interpretation of this classic favorite. Have a party soon; summer days are numbered, and summer food is so good! Enjoy!
Italian-Style Layered Sandwiches
A hearty sandwich stacked with cold cuts, cheese, roasted peppers, herbs, and greens. Perfect for summer dining and entertaining.
- 2 ciabatta rolls
- 4 ounces assorted cold cuts, such as Genoa salami, Mortadella, capicolla, ham
- 2 roasted red peppers, torn into strips
- 2 handfuls fresh assertive greens, such as arugula ((I used a combination of baby arugula and spinach))