I’ve mentioned before that my husband Jack and I have been making a concerted effort to eat healthier foods and exercise more in these last few months! Starting a food blog has added a few inches to both of our waistlines over the last year and a half (unfortunately) – and with our daughter Courtney’s wedding coming up later this summer, we’re both trying to look and feel better by losing some weight.
So with all of this health-conscious, weight-loss effort going on at our house – it might surprise you to learn that anytime Jack or I are on the treadmill, we both usually end up watching the Food Network or the Cooking Channel on TV while we work out! (Talk about torturing ourselves – all of that yummy food that we shouldn’t eat…)
But watching one of those shows gave us the inspiration for today’s Loaded Italian Sub with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli! Jack saw a show where someone made a grilled ham and cheese sandwich and then they put pizza cheese over the top and melted the whole thing under a broiler. With our mouths salivating, we decided to try making a similar sandwich – but giving it an Italian twist of our own! This loaded Italian sub is first slathered with a wonderful roasted red pepper aioli, then piled high with Italian cold cuts including salami, mortadella, capicolla, and prosciutto, followed by slices of provolone cheese and fresh basil!
But it doesn’t stop there! The sub is grilled on a panini press, THEN a layer of fresh tomato slices are added PLUS a mix of shredded parmesan, mozzarella and muenster cheeses on top! After a final sprinkle of oregano, this incredible sandwich is put under the broiler in the oven until the cheese melts and starts to turn a wonderful golden color!
This loaded Italian sub with roasted red pepper aioli is part Italian cold cut sub – part panini – part pizza and 100% delicious!
And – in case you are wondering – Jack and I did eat a small portion of this sandwich after we took these photos! (We split that slice you see right above here between the two of us. Everything in moderation – right?) Then the rest was given away to grateful family members who live nearby and have been enjoying our blogging food leftovers!
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