Cooking Classic Italian Hero



Classic Italian Hero
If you feel the urge, build on the basic recipe by adding any of the ingredients listed below and/or whatever else you can think of.
1/4 cup vinaigrette of choice
1 large loaf (12 ounces) Italian bread
4 ounces thinly sliced hot and/or sweet capocollo, prosciutto, soppressata, and/or salami
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, preferably fresh, thinly sliced
shredded romaine lettuce or arugula,
peperoncini, basil leaves, roasted red peppers, very thinly sliced red onions, pesto, olivada, and/or sliced ripe tomatoes
1. Prepare vinaigrette.
2. Cut bread horizontally in half. Remove enough soft center from each half to make 1-inch shell. (Reserve soft bread for another use.)
3. Brush vinaigrette evenly over cut sides of bread. Layer meats and cheese on bottom half of bread. Top with additional ingredients of your choice. Replace top half of bread. If not serving right away, wrap sandwich in foil and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Cut into 4 pieces.
Makes 4 main-dish servings.

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