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The Italian BLT Triple Decker Sandwich | An Alliterative Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

June 9, 2014 by Joan Nova in Creative Cooking Crew Challenge, Food Challenge, Italian, Recipe Development, Sandwiches | 15 Comments

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!
An FYI: 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.

Round-Up will be published here on June 30th. 

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  1. Norma says:

    Both looked great but I think this is my favorite. I have those same pins. Nice post.
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  2. Patricia Durr says:

    You should get a food truck and start selling these, they look great and one I would buy.

  3. wow. Did you really eat that? That’s two days of food. Looks tasty,and I love the pins.
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  4. bellini says:

    The sandwich sounds delicious but I love the metal/pewter toothpicks too:D

  5. I am going to make one right now!
    Brenda Benoit recently posted..Lunch At Taperia Raca – Spanish Tapas Bar In MiamiMy Profile

  6. Glad you remade it with 4 slices and it looks amazing. I want to go save the cheese that is about to melt onto the plate. Open wide!

  7. Love the idea of alliterative sandwiches. Debating whether P or S is my favourite!

  8. Marie says:

    You could sell this and I would buy it!
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  9. Robert says:

    this has to be one of the best looking sandwiches I have seen in a long time.

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  11. I’ll never get over my love of a good sandwich–and this one look fabulous. Am off now to check out the Round-Up. Thanks for sharing.
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