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4.32 from 107 votes

Party Size Italian Melt

Crusty ciabatta bread, sandwiched with homemade Italian vinaigrette, spicy salami, salty prosciutto, fresh baby arugula, roasted peppers, provolone AND mozzarella. It's the easiest way to serve up a melty sandwich to a hungry group of guests. Perfect for your game day eats! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Calories: 398kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup mixed Italian olives, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeños
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread, halved lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 6 thin slices spicy salami
  • 6 thin slices prosciutto
  • 6-12 thin slices pepperoni
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, torn
  • 1 red or orange pepper, roasted and sliced
  • 1 cup baby arugula

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
    2. To make the vinaigrette. In a jar or small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano, until combined. Add the olives, jalapeños, and a pinch of pepper. 
    3. Lay the bottom piece of ciabatta bread cut side facing up on a baking sheet. Spread the vinaigrette over the bread. Layer the basil, salami, prosciutto, and pepperoni on top. Add the provolone and mozzarella. Transfer to the oven and bake 10 minutes, until the cheese begins to melt. Remove from the oven and add the arugula, bell peppers, and top half of the ciabatta bread. Gently cover the sandwich with foil and return to the oven and bake another 10 minutes more, or until the cheese has melted. Remove the foil and cook an additional 5-10 minutes, until the bread is toasted. 
    4. Remove from the oven and let sit 3-4 minutes. Slice into 4 larger or 8 smaller sandwiches. Serve and enjoy! 

Notes

*To make ahead of time, assemble the sandwich all the way through step 3. Add the arugula, peppers, and top half of the bread. Wrap in foil and keep in the fridge for up to 1 day. To make, remove from the fridge while the oven preheats. Bake, in the foil for 20 minutes, remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 398kcal