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!
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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.