My mom used to pack salami and mustard sandwiches on white bread in my school lunch when I was growing up.
If we’d been allowed to get up and change seats during lunch, I’m quite sure my table would have defected immediately. Good thing there was no getting out of your seat or I’d have been the smelly lunch pariah of the universe.
Good thing salami is a whole lot more sophisticated now that I’m a grown-up.
I rediscovered salami on a trip to Italy, but the salami I met there wasn’t even related to the salami I’d eaten growing up. Italian salami is practically an art form, with different flavor profiles taking center stage in different salami recipes.
This grilled cheese recipe captures the flavors of Italy using a very American product, Oscar Meyer salami, which is on sale this week at Brookshire’s.
Italian Grilled Cheese
4 slices Ciabatta bread (or two rolls)
4 mozzarella slices
2 Tbsp butter
8 slices Oscar Meyer salami
1/2 cup roasted red bell peppers, well drained
1/2 cup marinara sauce (for dipping)
Cut a Ciabatta roll into two, butter each inner side and grill on pan until golden-brown.
With browned inner sides of the rolls facing up, layer slices of mozzarella, salami and finally roasted red bell peppers on top of bread.
Place in the oven with broiler on high heat until cheese is melted.
Combine the two sides; cut and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 1057, Calories from Fat: 617, Fat: 69 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (29 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 162 mg, Sodium: 3329 mg, Potassium: 330 mg, Carbohydrates: 54 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 8 g, Protein: 44 g.
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