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Few sandwiches can beat the overstuffed meat, cheese, and condiment-filled “heroes" prepared by Italian delicatessens. For a Antipasto Heroes recipe made from with supermarket staples and requiring no special trips to the deli, we started by making a paste with jarred artichoke hearts, garlic, and olive oil to spread the artichokes’ flavor through the whole sandwich. We combined roasted red peppers; olives; and spicy, tangy pepperoncini to make a relish similar to that slathered on a classic muffaletta sandwich. Fresh mozzarella, not rubbery low-moisture mozzarella, gave our sandwiches the most authentic flavor. We removed a portion of the interior crumb of the baguette to make room for the filling; otherwise it would have spilled out. Finally, we weighted our Antipasto Heroes with a heavy pan (you can also use cans) to make them easier to eat and to help marry the filling’s flavors.
Traditional Italian antipasto ingredients make a hearty sandwich filling. Weighting the sandwiches makes these filled-to-the-brim heroes easier to eat, but if you're really hungry, you can omit this step. If your market sells very long baguettes, use just one.
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