I’ve always been a bit of a sandwich lover. From fresh salmon, to veggies, to a big old sub loaded with all kinds of meat and cheeses, to even a classic grilled cheese. I love a good sandwich. Most especially a good deli sandwich.
I chose this fun sandwich because I’m in the throws of the A to Z Challenge and decided to make my S be ‘sandwiches’… why not? Besides, you really will want to try this.
It cures Writer’s Block. I swear.
I was in the middle of penning my best selling novel (insert eye roll here) and I got hungry – plus I was massively having a block and wasn’t sure what to write next. Since I was on a time crunch and really needed to keep writing, I didn’t want to go out for a meal, I just wanted to make something at home. And eat it quickly. Maybe even while continuing to write. Except I hadn’t been to the store yet that week, so my options were pretty limited – frosted flakes, oatmeal, and some cheese sticks. (slight exaggeration – I really was just craving a sandwich and we were out of lunch meat)
I’m pretty lucky to live in a neighborhood that is literally behind a grocery store. Takes me two minutes to drive, about 8 to walk. I drove myself over there and spent about 5 minutes walking through the deli department checking out all the fresh meats. The sandwich below is what came out of that little walk through.
How does it cure writer’s block?
Well, while standing in the kitchen preparing my sandwich, a whole new idea hit me. I wound up writing non-stop until dinner. Just for the record, that was not the only time I tested that theory. Every time I get stuck, I go make one of these babies and by the time I get back, the words are ready to flow. Seriously. I’m sure it’s the sandwich. Really.
Here’s how to make the world’s best deli sandwich:
The Best Deli Sandwich
- 1 bakery fresh sandwich roll
- 2 slices Asiago Cheese
- 2 slices thinly sliced Hot Capocollo
- 2 slices thinly sliced Hot Calabrese
- 2 slices thinly sliced Pepper Salame
- 2 slices thinly sliced Chorizo
- Sliced Black Olives
- Sliced or Whole Banana Peppers
If your sandwich roll isn't already cut in half, go ahead and slice it down the middle.
Layer the Asiago cheese onto the bread and broil until melted (took 2 minutes), I spread just a really thin layer of mayo on the bread before layering the cheese on and broiling. You could use mustard, salad dressing or another sauce that you enjoy. Or just leave it off.
Layer the meats on top of the melted cheese on the bottom sandwich roll.
Top with any veggies you want. I added some baby spinach because I had it to use up and I never hesitate to throw some in when I can. It's good for you and delicious.
Layer on the black olives and banana peppers and any other delicious things you might want.
Pickles, jalapenos, peppers, onions, etc.
Put the top on and enjoy!