I made this sandwich the other day and we loved it! The combination of mild mortadella and spicy pepper jack worked great, and the sliced cucumber gave the sandwich a nice fresh bite. You know how much I love roasted peppers, so I just *had* to put some in this sandwich. The roasted pepper added a smoky, delicious flavor and a brilliant red color, both of which made the sandwich complete.The morning before I made the sandwich I bought a French baguette from the local grocery store – and I couldn’t have been happier with my choice of bread. The baguette was fresh, crunchy and perfect for this sandwich, so next time I make it I will definitely use the same kind of bread.
Silly me, I wanted to turn this sandwich into a panino, so I put it on the panino grill. However, the sandwich was too thick and its ingredients just wouldn’t stay all in one place, so in the end I gave up. You can of course assemble the sandwich and then heat it a bit in the microwave – this way the cheese will melt and will cover the other ingredients in a delicious lava of cheesy goodness. I’m planning to do that next time – mmmm, the mere thought of it makes my mouth water 🙂
4 slices mortadella
4 slices pepper jack cheese
1/4 French baguette
1/2 fresh cucumber
2 slices roasted red pepper
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Cut the bread in half lengthwise. Scoop out the inside of the bread and brush the bread with olive oil. Fold the cheese slices in half and put two slices on each half of the bread. Slice the cucumber and put an equal number of slices on top of the cheese. Make rolls of mortadella and put two rolls on top of the cucumber on each half of the bread. Gently pat dry the roasted red pepper with a paper towel, then place it on top of the mortadella, on the half of the bread which is going to form the basis of the sandwich. Place the other half of bread and its accompanying ingredients on top.
This is how the preparation process looks like:
Press the sandwich firmly with your hands, cut it in half and secure with toothpicks. Serve it with an extra helping of roasted peppers on the side.
My husband loved this sandwich and ate it all in one sitting when he got back from work. We both thought the sandwich was a success. Could it have been because of the generous amount of quality ingredients, which played together nicely and harmoniously? Or maybe it was the roasted red pepper the one which “did the trick”? Or perhaps it was the spicy cheese the one that added a certain “something,” which made the whole experience memorable? In any case, I’ll definitely make this sandwich again – to think about it, to take a bite of its deliciousness, and then to think some more. There’s definitely some “food for thought” in there 🙂