Italian Grinder

My husband’s favorite sandwich in the world is an Italian Grinder from a place called Gambino’s in Moscow, Idaho where we went to college. He was recently really sick with a terrible head cold so I tried to re-create this sandwich in hopes it would make him feel a little less miserable. It has salami, pepperoni, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, pepperocini, Italian dressing, and crushed red pepper on a crusty hoagie bun.  It turned out amazing (I had a bite or two)! I don’t know if it was as good as Gambino’s, my husbands too nice to say, but he did say that he loved it! When I asked if I could have made it any better he replied that a bit more crushed red pepper would make it perfect.  I have to say, this may be MY new favorite sandwich too!

Side Note:  I have been nominated for the Top 25 Foodie Moms for 2012 on Circle of Moms!  Please feel free to vote for me here if you want (no pressure).  Thanks for your support!!!

Spread mayonnaise on each side of each side of the hoagie bun. Layer each side of the hoagie with ham, salami, and pepperoni then layer the provolone cheese down the center. Place into the broiler (on low) and cook, watching carefully, for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Place the lettuce down the center followed by the tomatoes and pepperocinis. Drizzle the top with Italian dressing, to taste  and a sprinkling of sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, crushed red pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.  Enjoy.


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Italian Grinder

Yield: 1

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 2-3 min.

Total Time: 8-10 min.

Ingredients:

1 Crusty hoagie
Mayonnaise, to taste
Ham
Salami
Pepperoni
3 slices of provolone
Shredded lettuce
Tomato slices
Pepperocini
Italian dressing, to taste
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Crushed red pepper, to taste

Directions:

Spread mayonnaise on each side of each side of the hoagie bun. Layer each side of the hoagie with ham, salami, and pepperoni then layer the provolone cheese down the center. Place into the broiler (on low) and cook, watching carefully, for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Place the lettuce down the center followed by the tomatoes and pepperocinis. Drizzle the top with Italian dressing, to taste and a sprinkling of sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, crushed red pepper, to taste. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Inspired by Gambino's ~ Moscow, Idaho

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28 Responses to “Italian Grinder”

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    Chris — May 8, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    Awwwww aren’t you such a sweetie, taking care of C!?!

    The vote link didn’t work for me, it too me to a 404 link on your blog.

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    Krystal — May 8, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    Voted, and that looks DELISH!

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    Simple and Easy — May 8, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

    Hi Pam,

    I have been enjoying your recipes for the past week, I loved the Lemon Orzo Salad recipe! thanks for providing this simple Italian sandwich, I have voted for you with confidence! Good luck, I will also pin it so people can discover your creativity.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 8, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    o boy…isn’t that just mouthwatering!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 8, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    Awesome way to make your husband feel better. I’ll have to make this for Jason. He is going to love it, especially because he is obsessed with pepperocinis!

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    Kris — May 8, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

    Congratulations, I just voted for you!!! My son in law’s brother went to college in Moscow too. The sub looked great!!

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    Hillary — May 9, 2012 @ 12:35 am

    Hi Pam,
    I wonder why I could never succeed making this Italian Grinder
    How did you do it? I’ll try again for sure and this time I’ll refer to your recipe as my guide :)
    Thanks also for the tempting food photos. Looks like they were made by professional. Have you ever heard about food photography site called http://www.foodporn.net ?
    Your pics should be on the Food Porn home page, that’s for sure!

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    Sophie — May 9, 2012 @ 3:08 am

    He is so right! He has got a fine gourmet taste! I agree: this is also a perfect sandiwh for me too! :) Really wonderful in flavours! Yum Yum Yum!

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    Inês Oliveira — May 9, 2012 @ 3:14 am

    Lovely gesture from you :) I enjoy making food that brings happy memories to people who are feeling low, and getting them to let a smile come out in a blue day! This sandwich looks delicious!

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    Kim in MD — May 9, 2012 @ 4:49 am

    Oh my…my husband will love this sandwich! Great job, Pam! Now- I’m off to vote for you! :-)

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    Jenn's Food Journey — May 9, 2012 @ 5:37 am

    I love Italian grinders… plus, any sandwich with pepperocini is my kind of sandwich!! Going to vote for you now… :)

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    lenia — May 9, 2012 @ 5:52 am

    It looks amazing!Love it!

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    Mary — May 9, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    This looks delicious, Pam. I’m headed to vote now! Have a fabulous day.

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    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — May 9, 2012 @ 6:45 am

    Holy Yum! That sandwich looks like something I want to eat right now…for breakfast! I love sandwiches! And Congrats on the nominee! I will be voting for ya!

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    Annmarie — May 9, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    Thank you for calling it a grinder!

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    Larry — May 9, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    That looke really good Pam, especially with the warmed meat and cheese

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    vanillasugarblog — May 9, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    you know i’m so guilty of having just a condiment sandwich because i love the hots so much.

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    gloria — May 9, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Of cours<e I will vote you are one of my favorites and nice blogs! Love this sandwich!!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 9, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    Congratulations on your nomination, Pam! You most certainly deserve the award and you have my vote! Thanks for sharing this mouthwatering sandwich too… My husband loves the same kind of flavors in a sandwich, too. Great recipe!

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    Blond Duck — May 9, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    I wonder why they call them grinders.

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    Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook — May 9, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    You have my vote! I think you are most deserving of the award. The grinder looks amazing. I always leave your site hungry and with cravings!

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    Blog is the New Black — May 9, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    A classic!

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    Joanne — May 9, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    We always have sandwiches like this catered at family functions/parties! SO GOOD. Of course I’ll vote for you my love!

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    Sheyann — May 9, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    Sounds so delish! But, I knew I had to comment and give some love…. from an Idaho girl! Love your blog!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — May 9, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    Yum, this is my kind of sandwich.

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    Connie — May 10, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Sorry to hear that your husband hasn’t been feeling well, how wonderful that you tried to recreate his favorite sandwich to lift his spirits. I know a favorite dish would definitely ease my discomfort. The sandwich looks delicious. Whether or not it is as good as the original, I’m sure he was touched by the gesture.

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    Julie — May 12, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    I love that someone else calls them grinders! I grew up in SE Connecticut, and I can’t call them subs or hoagies or anything else. Now I’m craving an Italian grinder… and home!

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    Andrakay — May 14, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    That is so funny! I read your blog all the time and had no idea you wentt to college in Moscow (also where I went). When I saw the “Italian Grinder” title I was like, “Huh, Gambino’s has that…” Small world.

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