Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Loaded Italian Cold Cut Subs

By Stacie Morgan, March 3, 2016, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

March 3rd is National Cold Cuts Day, and Bounce Energy is here to help you celebrate with a loaded Italian cold cut sub sandwich recipe, featuring a simple dressing that’s addictive and delicious!

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Loaded Italian Cold Cut Subs

Happy National Cold Cuts Day!

There is something extra satisfying about making your own sandwich with fresh deli ingredients. When you consider how much money you spend going out to the nearest sandwich shop for a quick lunch break, it is so much more economical to make sandwiches at home! This way, you can still pick your favorite deli meat, only pay for the number of slices you need, and you can make my fresh red wine vinegar dressing!

If you can not find an Italian roast ham or roast beef like I used in this recipe, just look for a traditional flavored roast ham or beef that will complement the pepperoni, genoa salami, and Capicola pork. The spice of the pepperoni and paprika-coated Capicola meat pares well with the mild flavor of mozzarella cheese and the other ingredients to really make a well-rounded sandwich.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Loaded Italian Cold Cut Subs

Here’s a delectable homemade dressing that packs in the flavor without making the bread moist.

Also, I want to taste the pickles, herbs, and other flavors, but I’m not a fan of how the bread in an Italian sub can become soggy from the dressing, olive oil, and fresh toppings. That’s why I developed an excellent vegetable topping that delivers some crunch while being quick-pickled to maximize the flavor without making everything too wet.

The only “cooking” required in this recipe is the moment the dressing gets spread onto the bread and quickly toasted under the broiler. With only two minutes of appliance use time, think of all the energy you’re saving!

Loaded Italian Cold Cut Subs

Ingredients (Makes 4 sandwiches):

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Loaded Italian Cold Cut Subs

A carnivore’s dream

  • 4 Submarine or Italian sandwich bread rolls
  • 8 Italian or traditional roast ham slices
  • 4 Italian or traditional roast beef slices
  • 12 Large pepperoni slices
  • 8 Genoa salami slices
  • 8 Capicola pork slices
  • 4 Large mozzarella cheese slices
  • 3 tbsp. Mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Italian dressing
  • 1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. Fresh cracked black peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp. Fined chopped garlic (from jar desensitized in water)
Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Loaded Italian Cold Cut Subs

A bevy of crunchy veggies to enhance the quality of your sandwich

  • ½ Large cucumber
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • ½ Medium red onion
  • 1 oz. Fresh basil
  • 2 Pepperoncini peppers
  • ¼ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Ground oregano
  • 2 tbsp. Red wine vinegar
  • 1 Chopped romaine lettuce head

Directions:

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Loaded Italian Cold Cut Subs

It all starts with a good dressing.

1) Prepare the dressing by combining the mayonnaise, Italian dressing, parmesan cheese, ¼ tsp. fresh cracked black peppercorns, and fine chopped garlic in a small mixing bowl. Mix until smooth and store in refrigerator until you’re ready to spread it on the bread.

2) Thinly slice the cucumber, red onion, pepperoncini and Roma tomatoes. Chop the fresh basil.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Loaded Italian Cold Cut Subs

Pickle those veggies!

3) Add those 5 ingredients to a medium-sized bowl along with the red wine vinegar, sea salt, ¼ tsp. fresh cracked black peppercorns, and ground oregano. Mix together and let the mixture marinate in the fridge while preparing the sandwiches.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Loaded Italian Cold Cut Subs

Bread is good. Don’t fear carbs.

4) Turn the oven broiler onto the high heat setting. Cut the bread rolls in half and spread 1 tablespoon of the dressing onto each roll. Place rolls under the broiler for approximately 2 minutes until the dressing is set and edges of the loaf are toasted.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Loaded Italian Cold Cut Subs

Sandwich assembly time!

5) On each sandwich, place 3 slices of pepperoni, 2 slices of genoa salami, 2 slices of Capicola pork, 2 slices of ham, and 1 slice of roast beef. Then cut the large slice of mozzarella cheese in half and place it atop the deli meat along the entire length of sandwich.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Loaded Italian Cold Cut Subs

Just because it’s messy doesn’t mean it doesn’t take good.

6) Top the meats and cheeses with the quick-pickled mixture and fresh chopped romaine lettuce.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Loaded Italian Cold Cut Subs

A picture-perfect sandwich

7) Use 2-3 toothpicks per sandwich to hold down top bun and cut the sandwiches in half.

Serve with your chips of choice and enjoy!

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Stacie is a Texas A&M graduate using her animal science education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy and be more green in the kitchen.

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