When are you going to make that Italian Sandwich mom?

Well, my daughter has been bugging me for over 2 weeks to make this sandwich that she loves.  It is so easy to put together and keeps in the refrigerator for up to 3 days once assembled.  I typically bring it to my booksignings since it is easily transportable and is very sturdy.  I love the flexibility of the sandwich too.  I can bake, microwave, grill, warm in a skillet or campfire, or eat it cold.  My daughter doesn’t seem to care how I prepare it…she just loves it.

Tonight is a perfect night for this sandwich.  I have been gone all day with meetings and errands and p iles of laundry will be started this evening.  Husband has an extended business meeting this evening, son is busy with his gadgets and gizmo’s in the basement and my daughter has an emergency Color Guard sectional at 7pm.  The sandwich will satisfy everyone’s busy schedule and my daughter will finally stop bugging me to make it.

So without much further ado – here is the Italian Country Sandwich…one of the most popular recipes in my cookbook – Good-to-Go!

Italian Country Sandwich

2 (8″-inch) pre-cooked pizzashells, such as Boboli, which come 2 per package

4 ounces seasoned cream cheese (vegetable cream cheese works well) (1/2 of an 8 ounce container)

3-4 thin slices tomato

3-4 thin slices green pepper

3-4 thin slices pastrami

3-4 thin slices salami

2 thin slices red onion

4 slices provolone cheese (smoked, if available)

Lay the pizza shells on a work surface.  Spread 1 pizza shell with cream cheese.  Top with even layers of tomato, green pepper, pastrami, salami, and red onion,  and end with provolone.  Top with the remaining pizza shell.  See chart below for cooking options.  Cut the hot sandwich into wedges and serve.

Cook Method             Time                                       Preparation

Microwave                  1 minute, 30 seconds              on paper plate covered with plastic wrap

Oven                           25 minutes at 350F                wrapped in foil set on baking sheet

Grill                             20 minutes med/hot coals       wrapped in heavy-duty foil

Skillet                          8-10 minutes per side              wrapped in heavy-duty foil

Campfire                     8 minutes per side                   wrapped in heavy-duty foil


btw: this sandwich is great for football tailgates!


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