We wanted to take all the elements of a fresh antipasto salad and make it a delicious, easy meal. These hot, hearty heroes make a great, filling dinner.
Why This Recipe Works
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 muffuletta 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.