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Italian Heroes Recipe

Italian Heroes

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"These flavorful sandwiches can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for later. They are full of flavor and you can vary the ingredients to your taste."

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Original recipe makes 4 sandwiches Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    2 hrs 10 mins


  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the artichoke hearts, garlic and olive oil. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Slice the sandwich rolls in half lengthwise, and pull out most of the soft bread from the top and bottom. Spread the artichoke paste onto each side of each roll. Place layers of red peppers, arugula, salami, provolone cheese, pepperoncini, olives and onion into the rolls. Press sandwiches together, and wrap tightly in aluminum foil.
  3. Place sandwiches in the refrigerator, and place something heavy on top. It helps to place a plate on top, then place cans or any weighted containers on top. I used cottage cheese. Chill for up to 3 hours. Unwrap, cut in half and enjoy.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Reviews More Reviews

Nov 13, 2007

Oh my gosh these were good! Everyone thought I bought them from the Italian deli down the street. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

Aug 26, 2008

These were delicious! I needed a recipe to use up rucola, and this was a nice twist! I do not assemble and refrigerate them in advance. The first time I had fresh crispy bread and I wanted it to stay crispy ;-) and now I just assemble them just before eating. Or I just put all ingredients on the table and everyone assembles them as they like (using more or less of every ingredient to taste). Thanks for the great recipe!

Jan 18, 2011

Awesome COLD ...and preferably wrapped in butcher paper. Great for picnics too!

May 06, 2007

I served this at a bridal shower and everyone thought it was great. Instead of using a 6'' sub I used a whole french bread and cut it into 5 mini sandwiches with a pick to hold it together and that seemed to be plenty with a side of pasta and a side of fruit. Everyone loved the artichoke garlic paste.

Jul 06, 2014

Wow! So good! I made a couple of small changes- I left the soft bread and did not tear it out, and I served it warm. To serve warm, I wrapped each sandwich in foil and put it in the oven. The flavors blend together so well. It tastes like a high-end deli sandwich.

Mar 05, 2009

These were very good even though the bottom of the bread was soggy (thats why I gave it only 4 stars)!! I didn't see this problem with any other viewer. I used a crusty Italian loaf but might have taken out too much of the inside bread.

Apr 27, 2007

I made them for tailgating at the horse races and they we're perfect - make ahead and just slice the sandwiches there with the wrapper on. Couldn't be easier! That artichoke spread was awesome but it could have used more of it so next time I'll double the artichokes.

Mar 04, 2006

My husband took these to a potluck for guys. He said they disappeared fast! I really liked the artichoke spread. Yummy!


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  • Calories
  • 1068 kcal
  • 53%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 96.3 g
  • 31%
  • Cholesterol
  • 95 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 56 g
  • 86%
  • Fiber
  • 8.2 g
  • 33%
  • Protein
  • 48.3 g
  • 97%
  • Sodium
  • 3762 mg
  • 150%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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