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The Ultimate Italian Grinder


Nothing is better than a good Italian grinder.

My son brought me a piece of a grinder his girlfriend’s father made.

Thats it!

I hand the baton over to him.

It was the most delicious grinder I have ever had plus he made his own bread.

Now I am obsessed to recreate it.

One two foot loaf of french bread.

One small container of grape tomatoes

1/2 small chopped onion

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon of salt or maybe more to taste

4 tablespoon olive oil

6 slices thin cut genoa salami

3 slices of thin sliced provolone cheese cut in half

3 thin slices mortadella

3 slices thin sliced capicola ham

3 slices thin sliced hot ham

3 slices thin cut pepperoni cut in half

Just a single layer of lettuce

3 forkfulls of sliced banana pepper, hot or mild

8 to 10 basil leaves cut into strips

Drizzle with a good balsamic vinegar

Cut the bread the long way and set aside

Make the tomato salad by mixing the tomatoes, onion, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil

Place a single layer of the tomato salad on the bread

Save every drop because this is the star of the sandwich.

Start layering everything else ending with the vinegar drizzle

Try to close it and press it together.

This tastes delicious hot or cold.

Serve with A LOT of napkins.

I change the meats and cheese depending on what I have but always keep the tomato salad.

Mine is still not as good as Cafe Tempo in Warwick, R.I.

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