Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Italian Green Pepper Sandwich

This recipe was inspired by Italian beef sandwiches, which are often served topped with green peppers. I decided to make peppers the starring ingredient in these sandwiches, by simmering them in red wine and tomato paste to bring out the flavor. 

Italian Pepper Sandwich
Serves 4

1 large green pepper, cut into thin strips 
1 small can tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine
4 slices of mozzarella cheese
4 slices of salami (optional)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic power
Salt and pepper
1 long baguette, cut into 4 pieces

1. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute green pepper for about 5 minutes.
2. Add tomato paste, red wine, sugar, oregano, red pepper, garlic power, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer.
3. Cover and cook about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5. Top each piece of baguette with salami, mozzarella, and peppers. Bake in oven for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. 

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