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you say addiction like it’s a bad thing

Recipe: calabrese sandwich

Weekend comes. Weekend goes.

Even though we have plenty of snow in the backcountry, it’s really started greening up around here in the last week. I can’t tell if summer is our shortest season or if it only seems like it because that is the time when you want to do everything. Okay, that is the time *I* want to do everything as the sun tracks high overhead. Hard to believe that in three short months, the newly minted aspen leaves in our mountains will be turning gold. In the meantime, summer is on the menu.

In my last post, I wrote about these wonderful pink pickled red onions I had made and sort of fell in love with. Even if you aren’t an onion fan, I suggest giving these pickles a chance. Awesome sauce.

remember these?

Pickles go great in all manner of foods. My very favorite class of food has got to be the sandwich. I have a sandwich addiction. Pickles and sandwiches are like best friends. They so totally belong together. After making the pickled onions, I knew exactly which sandwich I wanted to make.

thinly sliced calabrese

ciabatta rolls, calabrese, mozzarella, tomatoes, pickled onions, pesto, mustard

Ever since I went to Seattle this spring and had lunch at Salumi, I’ve had their sandwiches on a post-it note in my mind. I got the lamb sandwich, but my friend got one of the salami sandwiches and it looked so good (she said it was fantastic). Now, I’ll eat sandwiches any time – but they are especially perfect now… in summer.

nice to have these on hand when sandwich-making

a little pesto

The sandwich is not specific instructions, rather it’s a recommendation or a set of guidelines. Change the bread, change the condiments, change the fillings. Make it as you like it. That said, this combination rocks my simple little world. I picked up some calabrese because I like the extra kick of the spice. There are a lot of flavors and textures going into this sandwich, but they all work well together. The pickles make it.

layer the salami

top off with the lovely pickled onions

You don’t need a lot of any one ingredient because each part of the sandwich holds its own. The pesto, mustard, calabrese, and onions are what come at you up front, then the tomatoes, cheese, and bread round it out. I’m not much of a cheese person, so I could probably omit the fresh mozzarella next time. And yes, there have already been a few “next times” – it’s that good. This sandwich is most definitely a flavor dance party in your mouth.

don’t miss the party

Calabrese Sandwich
[print recipe]

ciabatta roll or bread
mustard (I like whole grain Dijon)
6 slices of Calabrese or other spicy salami
2-3 slices fresh mozzarella
3-4 slices tomato
pickled red onions

Slice the roll in half. Spread pesto on one half and mustard on the other half. Layer the Calabrese (salami) on half of the roll, then the mozzarella, the tomatoes, and the pickled onions. Top off the sandwich with the remaining half of bread. Slice in half and serve. Makes 1 sandwich.

22 nibbles at “you say addiction like it’s a bad thing”

  1. Rosa says:

    Now that is what I call A SANDWICH! Fantastic and droolworthy.



  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says:

    Now that’s a great sammie! I love how cool and translucent and pink those onions are looking. Fun!

  3. Amy says:

    Those onions are so pretty! They would be so beautiful in a glass noodle salad!

  4. Erica says:

    Those pickled onions look electric! Beautiful! And the crusty bread of that sandwich looks perfect.

  5. farmerpam says:

    Note to self: learn how to make calabrese sausage. Thanks for the idea, as i’ll be making all kinds of sausage this week now that the pigs have been “processed”. And I’ll be canning up some of those lovely looking pickled onions today. Yum. Thanks again for the ideas, that’s why I stop by URB. Well, that and your awesome photos, updates on Colorado (used to live there) and your adventures. Rock on stranger friend. :)

  6. Michelle says:

    Pickled onions on a sandwich is a match made in heaven!

  7. TheKitchenWitch says:

    Those onions are so beautiful. Fellow sandwich whore over here.

  8. Melissa @ Baking For The Boys says:

    The sandwich is my favorite type of food as well. All the different colors, textures and flavors in one bite-they are the perfect food!

  9. Heidi @ Food Doodles says:

    Yummy looking sandwich! I love the pictures, especially the one taken in among the trees. Beautiful!

  10. Tupper says:

    Like. Want.

  11. kitchenvoyage says:

    Yep, a real good sandwich with strong and tasty flavours, almost like the calabrese people :-)

  12. sara says:

    Ooooh, so good! You had me sold and pickled onions and spicy salami! This looks like a really delicious sandwich.

  13. Margie says:

    It is against the law for me to view your website right before I tumble off to slumberland.

    I’m arrested!


    A sandwich sits upon parole, but first I need to pump-up my sourdough starter and make me some of those pretty onions. Yum, yum, yum…..

  14. apron Appeal says:

    I’m a fan of sandwiches too but I have to make my own bread which I don’t have a problem with, I just forget to and then when I want a sandwich there’s no bread in the house. I need to get organized.

  15. Shelley says:

    I am a huge sandwich fan too and caprese rocks my world. I see one of these sandwiches in my near future…..

  16. Carolyn Jung says:

    I can’t wait till summer tomatoes are in season to enjoy them in sammies as wonderful as this one. ;)

  17. Sasha (Global Table Adventure) says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. I don’t think you realize how much I *love* sandwiches like these. How could you? lol. Let me tell you: I’d pick this sandwich over a slice of cake any day of the week. I even have some homemade pesto in the fridge… now I just need to pick up the rest of the ingredients.

  18. Joy says:

    I love how you composed the sandwich. It looks great.

  19. Georgia says:

    OMG!!! I am drooling….this looks so, so, so good. Step 1: Pickle onions Step 2: Make sandwich Step 3: Shove sandwich into face.

  20. Jeannie says:

    I am drooling! Such lovely pickles! and of cos the sandwiches are the best!

  21. jenyu says:

    Thanks guys! I love the pink color of the onions too :) I love how brilliant the color is without any addition of artificial junk.

    farmerpam – oh… i wanna come to YOUR house.

    TheKitchenWitch – #fistbump

    sara – it’s awesome, definitely worth a try!

    Margie – sounds like you’ve got some good stuff to look forward to!

    Carolyn Jung – tell me, do you grow your own tomatoes like everyone else seems to? I cannot grow them here in the mountains – it’s too cold… contemplating going to the local hydroponics gardening supply store so I can grow my own tomatoes (although that’s not their target market…)

    Sasha – I hear ya! Sandwich > Slice of Cake any day!

    Georgia – ha ha ha!!!

  22. Lowongan kerja says:

    I want this right now.. Looks yummy

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