Sandwich Dippers: A Quick and Easy Gourmet Lunch

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!

Sandwich Dippers--the gourmet answer to boring weekday lunches!

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--the gourmet answer to boring weekday lunches!
Sandwich Dippers--the gourmet answer to boring weekday lunches!

Sandwich Dippers: A Quick and Easy Gourmet Lunch

These Sandwich Dippers are a fun way to transform what could be a boring sandwich into something more exciting!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 690kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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