Loaded Grilled Italian Sandwich

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Just imagine how tasty these mouthwatering cured meats, marinated veggies, fresh greens, and melty cheese on this Loaded Grilled Italian Sandwich taste!

Just imagine how tasty these mouthwatering cured meats, marinated veggies, fresh greens, and melty cheese on this Loaded Grilled Italian Sandwich taste!

If there’s one thing my husband loves, it’s a good sandwich. Now, show him a sandwich like this that’s full of the things he loves – namely cured Italian meats like salami and prosciutto – and he’s one happy man. I try to make food like this right before asking for something that he might normally disagree with to see if it sways his decision!

Just imagine how tasty these mouthwatering cured meats, marinated veggies, fresh greens, and melty cheese on this Loaded Grilled Italian Sandwich taste!

In all seriousness, who doesn’t love a good sandwich, really? What’s not to love when you combine so many different flavors and textures in between two pieces of crusty bread.

Just imagine how tasty these mouthwatering cured meats, marinated veggies, fresh greens, and melty cheese on this Loaded Grilled Italian Sandwich taste!

One of my pet peeves when it comes to sandwiches, though, is either a sandwich that’s too big to bite (or if you’re successful, it’s not pretty) or a sandwich that has too much bread. One really must have the right bread to filling ratio. If you plan on using a nice crusty Italian loaf like I did, there’s a secret.

Just imagine how tasty these mouthwatering cured meats, marinated veggies, fresh greens, and melty cheese on this Loaded Grilled Italian Sandwich taste!

You must scoop the inside of the loaf out to make room for all the fillings. No need to waste all that delicious bread – just let it dry out and then run it through the blender or the food processor and turn it into bread crumbs. This way you have this wonderful void in which you can properly layer your filling ingredients without risk of dislocating your jaw while attempting to eat such a massive sandwich. Creative, right? Now keep in mind you have to choose a bread with a pretty tough outside to hold up to such manipulation, but once you do the end result is so incredibly worth it.

Just imagine how tasty these mouthwatering cured meats, marinated veggies, fresh greens, and melty cheese on this Loaded Grilled Italian Sandwich taste!

Now, one could assemble this sandwich and call it good, however I’m not that kind of girl. If I’m going to combine all of these amazing harmonious ingredients into one sandwich, then I’m going to take it to the next level and grill it up so the cheese gets all nice and melty and all of the other ingredients are heated through.

Just imagine how tasty these mouthwatering cured meats, marinated veggies, fresh greens, and melty cheese on this Loaded Grilled Italian Sandwich taste!

Trust me – that is an insanely delicious sandwich you’re looking at right there. Now, can you imagine standing in a cool parking lot as the fall weather creeps in waiting for your favorite team to take the field, and you and your friends pull one of these sandwiches off the grill to devour before you head into the stadium? Oh yes.

Just imagine how tasty these mouthwatering cured meats, marinated veggies, fresh greens, and melty cheese on this Loaded Grilled Italian Sandwich taste!

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Just imagine how tasty these mouthwatering cured meats, marinated veggies, fresh greens, and melty cheese on this Loaded Grilled Italian Sandwich taste!
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Antipasto Pasta Salad

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This mouthwatering Antipasto Pasta Salad is filled with delicious cured meats, Italian cheeses, and marinated vegetables and is perfect for a wine picnic.

This mouthwatering Antipasto Pasta Salad is filled with delicious cured meats, Italian cheeses, and marinated vegetables and is perfect for a wine picnic.

This mouthwatering Antipasto Pasta Salad is filled with delicious cured meats, Italian cheeses, and marinated vegetables and is perfect for a wine picnic. 

Want to know what my most favorite date in the world is? Well, I’ll tell you. Do I love fancy restaurants? You betcha. Do I love being wined and dined? Uh huh. But my most favorite thing to do on a date is to have a picnic with wine, cured meats like dry salami, a variety of cheeses, olives, marcona almonds, ice cold fruit like sliced apple or grapes, and a crusty baguette. Whether this picnic occurs on a blanket outside, in a cabin in the woods, or in front of the TV in our movie room – these delicacies make me smile.  You know what else is fun? Enjoying a nice glass of wine and all of my favorite foods with a bunch of friends. Think about it – how fun does it sound to spread out a few blankets and enjoy an outdoor concert with a few other couples and a delicious spread of food. The problem is that all the foods that I enjoy most don’t always travel well, nor does a bottle of wine. Enter: boxed wine (Black Box Pinot Noir to be precise) and my antipasto pasta salad.This mouthwatering Antipasto Pasta Salad is filled with delicious cured meats, Italian cheeses, and marinated vegetables and is perfect for a wine picnic. 

So, wikipedia tells me that antipasto means “before the meal” and here I am turning it into a meal. Are you totally confused? Allow me to explain. Wikipedia also told me that traditional antipasto includes things like cured meats, olives, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, various cheeses, and vegetables in oil or vinegar. I figured that I would take all of these delicious ingredients and toss them with some pasta and a dressing to make an easy and portable meal. The recipe makes at least 8 healthy sized portions and, what do you know, that awesome little box of wine actually contains the same amount of wine as four separate glass bottles. By my calculations: (equivalent of 4 bottles of wine) ÷ (4 couples) + (8 servings of antipasto salad) – (one wine bottle opener) = a fantastic evening of food and friends. This mouthwatering Antipasto Pasta Salad is filled with delicious cured meats, Italian cheeses, and marinated vegetables and is perfect for a wine picnic. 

I used a ton of ingredients in this pasta salad and the combined flavors are outstanding. Some of the ingredients were purchased ready to go and I just chopped them up. For the mushrooms, tomatoes, and garlic I chose to roast them myself. It really doesn’t take any extra time to do this because while they are roasting, you’re cooking your pasta on the stove as well as chopping up all of your other ingredients.This mouthwatering Antipasto Pasta Salad is filled with delicious cured meats, Italian cheeses, and marinated vegetables and is perfect for a wine picnic. 

I wasn’t sure if I even needed a dressing because once I tossed everything with the pasta, it already had incredible flavor. But pasta is a flavor sucker and its always better to have a little more sauce than not enough. This red wine vinegar, olive oil, and basil vinaigrette was the absolute perfect addition to the pasta salad and it completely held everything together.This mouthwatering Antipasto Pasta Salad is filled with delicious cured meats, Italian cheeses, and marinated vegetables and is perfect for a wine picnic.

I’ll never pretend to be an expert on wine. I’m the kind of person who will taste it and can say if its good or not-so-good. I’d love to tell you that I can identify the kinds of flowers that were growing within 20 yards of the vines, or what kind of barrels the wine was aged in, or whether there are notes of smokey alder or dried cranberries, but that is out of my area of specialty. I will tell you, however, that this wine is wonderful and I absolutely love how portable it is as well as how the wine stays fresh because its in a vacuum sealed pouch. Why isn’t all wine packaged like this? Considering Black Box has won over 50 Gold Medals for its quality, and it’s available for 40% less than comparable bottled wines, and it stays fresh for up to 6 weeks… what’s not to love?

This mouthwatering Antipasto Pasta Salad is filled with delicious cured meats, Italian cheeses, and marinated vegetables and is perfect for a wine picnic. 

This is one of those recipes where I wish I could feed you a bite through the screen. I don’t think the photos do it justice. To have all my favorite flavors combined into one bowl alongside a delicious glass of red wine – I’m a happy girl.This mouthwatering Antipasto Pasta Salad is filled with delicious cured meats, Italian cheeses, and marinated vegetables and is perfect for a wine picnic. 

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This mouthwatering Antipasto Pasta Salad is filled with delicious cured meats, Italian cheeses, and marinated vegetables and is perfect for a wine picnic.

5.0 from 2 reviews
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This mouthwatering Antipasto Pasta Salad is filled with delicious cured meats, Italian cheeses, and marinated vegetables and is perfect for a wine picnic.
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Recipe type: main dish, pasta, side dish
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
Red Wine Vinaigrette:
  • 1 big handful fresh basil, stemmed and leaves chopped (about 1-2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup oil from marinated artichokes
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Antipasto Salad:
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, stems removed and halved
  • 8 ounces grape tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound pasta (I used penne)
  • 8 ounces artisan salami, sliced thick and then into strips.
  • 4 ounces proschiutto, sliced into strips
  • 12 ounce container fresh mozzarella (I used marinated)
  • 1/4 cup green and/or kalamata olives, halved and pitted
  • 1/4 cup roasted yellow and red peppers, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 cup grated romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. To make the dressing, combine all dressing ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Add mushrooms, tomatoes, and garlic to a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  3. While the mushroom mixture is roasting, boil a pot of salted water. Once boiling, cook pasta al dente, about 2 minutes short of recommended cooking time. When done, drain and toss in a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking. Set aside until salad is ready.
  4. While mushroom mixture and pasta are cooking, cut up all remaining salad ingredients (except for the romano cheese) and combine in a bowl. Once pasta and mushroom mixture have cooled, add to salad and toss.
  5. Pour dressing over mixture, toss to combine.
  6. Can be served right away but tastes even better the next day after flavors have developed.

 

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Italian Cheese Bombs

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These Italian Cheese Bombs take only minutes to prepare using premade biscuit dough and the ooey gooey cheese and salami will be everyone’s favorite.

These Italian Cheese Bombs take only minutes to prepare using premade biscuit dough and the ooey gooey cheese and salami will be everyone's favorite.

I gotta admit, these naughty little savory treats get a 10 out of 10 in my book because they a) taste really good and b) are freakin’ easy to make. That’s a win-win combination right there. These wonderful cheese bombs filled with cured Italian sandwich meat and melted mozzarella originated all because I had a tube of biscuit dough in my refrigerator that had to be used up. You see, I won’t use premade biscuit dough to make biscuits because I prefer to make my own homemade flaky buttermilk biscuits and because, well, its boring when you can use that dough for so many other things. I was originally going to use the biscuit dough to make some of my ever so popular granny’s monkey bread, but it just never happened. As I was trying to figure out what to do with the dough, I was looking at the leftover mozzarella I had after making my cheesy chicken Mediterranean pasta bake, and was also shocked to see that the salami I had in the deli drawer hadn’t been consumed by my salami monsters (aka husband and kids). And so it began…

These Italian Cheese Bombs take only minutes to prepare using premade biscuit dough and the ooey gooey cheese and salami will be everyone's favorite.

I use the Trader Joe’s biscuit dough which is one of those fat tubes that has 8 biscuits. I split each biscuit in half which created 16 flat disks. I used a small block of mozzarella but you can just as easily cut up string cheese, because what household in America with kids ages 4-10 doesn’t have string cheese at the ready at all times? Very few, I imagine. I quartered each slice of salami so that it would fit nicely in the ball – a whole round slice would have created to much work to wrap around, plus I was already planning on looking like a pig when I inhaled these cheese bombs, and didn’t need people to watch me saw through a large piece of salami while I was at it.

These Italian Cheese Bombs take only minutes to prepare using premade biscuit dough and the ooey gooey cheese and salami will be everyone's favorite.

They really only took about 5 minutes to prepare and cooked up so beautifully!

These Italian Cheese Bombs take only minutes to prepare using premade biscuit dough and the ooey gooey cheese and salami will be everyone's favorite.

Now get ready, this is the best part. You grab ahold of when when its still super hot but just cool enough to touch without burning your fingers. Give it a gentle squeeze and pull [that’s what he said – sorry, couldn’t resist].

These Italian Cheese Bombs take only minutes to prepare using premade biscuit dough and the ooey gooey cheese and salami will be everyone's favorite.

So. Damn. Delicious. Doesn’t it look tasty? I’m pretty darn proud of my 8-year-old daughter for taking the photos. Not to shabby considering she had to hold a Nikon D700 DLSR with a battery pack and a heavy macro lens, all while toggling the manual focus point. Not only is she already starting to be a great cook, but her photography skills rock too!

These Italian Cheese Bombs take only minutes to prepare using premade biscuit dough and the ooey gooey cheese and salami will be everyone's favorite.

Be sure to check out the video below of me making these delectable cheese bombs!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Italian Cheese Bombs
 
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These Italian Cheese Bombs take only minutes to prepare using premade biscuit dough and the ooey gooey cheese and salami will be everyone's favorite.
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Recipe type: side, appetizer
Yields: 16 cheese bombs
Ingredients
  • 1 (16 ounce) tube biscuit dough
  • 6 ounces part skim, low moisture mozzarella (can substitute cheese sticks)
  • 16 slices (about 2 ounces) salami (I used a little under half of a 5 ounce package)
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. If package has 8 biscuits, split each biscuit in half to make 16 flat disks. Divide cheese into 16 equal portions. Cut each piece of salami up into 4 pieces.
  3. One biscuit at a time, add chunk of cheese and 4 pieces of salami on dough and then wrap ends around to create a ball. Be sure to fully seal.
  4. Add olive oil to a shallow cup. Add parmesan and seasoning to another shallow cup.
  5. Once all the balls have formed, dip each ball in the olive oil and then roll the top in the parmesan seasoning mixture. Place on a baking sheet with the parmesan seasoning side up.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 10-15. Serve immediately so the cheese is nice and melty.

 

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