The hubby and I frequent a locally owned sandwich shop that makes these chopped, griddled sandwiches that are fantastic. They cook the food -- a variety of toppings -- on a huge griddle, chopping the food as they go along. I think I've tried every variety of sandwich they offer, and I've never been disappointed. But my favorite is a pizza-style sandwich.
I was craving one of these the other day, but because the hubby and I no longer live in the bit cit-ay, I can't just run and get one very easily. But hey, it's a simple concept, so I figured I could try one at home using a cast-iron skillet and some basic pizza ingredients.
This is kind of a non-recipe recipe, because quantities vary so much according to personal tastes, the size of the rolls you're using, etc. But I have to say, I think my sandwich filling was even better than the sandwich shop's.
Unfortunately, my little coney rolls -- the closest bread I could find at my local grocery store -- couldn't compare to their crusty, chewy offering. Maybe that will be my next experiment!
Makes 1 sandwich; amounts of ingredients vary, depending on size of rolls
Deli ham, chopped
Green bell pepper, chopped
Dried Italian seasoning
Crushed red pepper flakes
Sliced provolone or mozzarella
1. Heat a heavy skillet over medium to medium-high heat, and spray with cooking spray. (I prefer cast iron, so I can chop away without risking my pan's coating.) Add ham, pepperoni, and vegetables.
2. Saute until meat is starting to crisp, and vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, and top with a few tablespoons of pizza sauce. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes, and stir to combine. Shape mixture in a similar shape as your roll.
4. Top with cheese.
5. Cook until cheese starts to melt, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
6. Top with halved roll, so that roll heats a bit over the mixture.
7. Using a spatula, scoop up the entire concoction, roll and all, so that mixture lands on the roll, cheese side down. Serve hot.