The challenge: Take the iconic triple decker sandwich someplace it’s never been before. Oh yeah, and let’s make it an alliteration using at least 3 ingredients beginning with the same letter.
While the challenge (reasonably) called for making only one sandwich, I made two. Why? … because after the first one, I learned that “triple”refers to # of fillings, not slices of bread — although my original interpretation is a popular one shared by many. But, what the hell? I decided to create a totally different one.
I didn’t start out to make an Italian BLT but as the ingredients came to mind and the recipe developed, I realized it was similar to a BLT. Only better.
For the triple decker part of the challenge, the sandwich has 3 layers of filling and 4 pieces of thinly-sliced Italian whole grain bread taken from the ends for a smaller circumference. After all, I had to eat it and there’s no way I could justify eating 4 full size slices of bread for lunch.
Addressing the alliteration aspect, I chose ingredients starting with P: pancetta, provolone picante, pesto, pine nuts, peppers, pickled onions and pepperocini (on the side).
Bottom layer: pesto and provolone (this layer was grilled to get the cheese to ooze out as shown above).
Middle layer: mini roasted peppers opened and layered with pickled onions on top of aioli.
Top layer: pancetta, sliced tomatoes and arugula.
Tasting Note: The pesto and pancetta were the prominent flavors, even overriding the spicy provolone, so the pickling of onions and the fresh arugula and tomatoes were a good call because they added a welcome contrast. De-lish!
: I worked my first sandwich around the letter S: soy bean (edamame hummus), scallion aioli, fried shrimp crusted with sesame seeds, ground dried shrimp and flour. You can see it here
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