These Sandwich Dippers are a fun way to transform what could be a boring sandwich into something more exciting!
I love playing in the kitchen! I guess that’s a pretty obvious comment given that I run this food blog, but it’s true. Nothing makes me happier than a weekend spent cooking in the kitchen with a basketball or football game on in the background. I’m one of those weird guys who enjoys pulling out a long, involved recipe (i.e. “weekend recipe”) and spending the day making it. But, at the same time, I also appreciate quick and easy ways to make tasty meals. Today’s post is a simple way to turn what could be a boring lunchmeat sandwich into a delicious lunch that will leave you looking for more!
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After making homemade calzones last weekend, I had a little bit of marinara sauce left in the refrigerator. Since I try my best to save pizzas for the weekend, I started wondering how to use this marinara sauce. Then it hit me…turn a normal sandwich into sandwich dippers! This idea obviously works best with Italian meats, but give it a try with other meats and other dips. Who says weekday lunches have to be boring??
Sandwich Dippers: A Quick and Easy Gourmet Lunch
- 4 slices sourdough bread or your favorite artisan bread
- 4 oz. salami sliced
- 4 oz. pepperoni sliced
- 4 oz. sliced provolone cheese
- 4 oz. sliced mozzarella cheese sliced
- Basil several leaves torn into pieces
- mild or hot pepperoncini rings (optional)
- olive spread
- ½ Tbsp butter room temperature
- ½ cup marinara sauce warmed slightly
- Preheat a grill pan (fry pans work fine, too, but they won’t give you the nice grill marks) on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
- While the pan is pre-heating, begin preparing the sandwiches by spreading a small amount of butter on one side of each slice of bread.
- Flip the bread over so that the buttered side is face down.
- Layer the sourdough bread with alternate layers of meats and cheeses.
- Top with basil leaves, and finish with pepperoncini and olive spread if desired.
- Place second slice of bread on top, buttered side up.
- Grill for 2-3 minutes or until bottom is golden brown.
- Flip the sandwich over and grill for another 2-3 minutes.
- Transfer to a cutting board and cut sandwich lengthwise into several slices
- Serve with warm marinara.