Pressed Italian Sandwiches

Pressed Italian Sandwich

       I needed something simple but delicious for a party I was catering for this weekend.  This puppy would be great for the pool, beach, or sunday picnic.  And, it makes me feel all giddy inside because of the simple technique.  I discovered this from a great website www.crepesofwrath.net.  The very very best part, drum roll… it doesn’t heat up the kitchen and it is blazing hot this summer!

    I went to my local farmers market where they make the best ciabatta bread, italian meats and cheeses.  I bought a loaf and cut it along the center, lengthwise.  I also bought Sopressata, Genoa Salami, Hot Capicola, Prosciutto, Provolone, Mozzarella.  You don’t have to use all these meats, in fact, for my catering party I did a vegetarian one with sundried tomatoes and cheeses.  You can be so creative with what you like!  I topped the sandwiches with fresh basil from the garden.  Then, I  wrapped it with plastic wrap and placed a book on top to press overnight.  No grilling or extra oils for this pressed sandwich.  The next day, I have nothing to do but cut it and eat it!