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Italian Grinder

Italian Grinder

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This Italian Grinder is a toasted sandwich consisting of homemade focaccia filled with melted cheeses and loads of italian meats. What sets this grinder apart is the cool and crisp grinder salad that is served inside the sandwich. 
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine American-Italian
Keyword grinder salad, grinder sandwich, italian grinder, italian sandwich, sandwich, toasted sandwich
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 985
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 1/2 loaf focaccia
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup fontina cheese freshly grated (or more if desired
  • 8 slices deli ham
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • 8 slices Genoa salami
  • 8 slices soppressata
  • 8 slices sandwich pepperoni
  • 4 slices tomato
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese freshly shredded or grated


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 pinches red pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 1/2 large head iceberg sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced peperoncini packed


  • Preheat your oven to 400°.
  • Slice the focaccia in half and top both halves (cut side) with mozzarella and fontina. Bake until melted - about 4 to 6 mintues.
  • Meanwhile Make the grinder salad.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine mayo, vinegar, garlic, oregano, pepper and red pepper flakes. Whisk to combine.
  • Add in sliced lettuce, red onion and peperoncini and then toss well to coat.
  • Once toasted, top the bottom half with ham and prosciutto. Then add salami, soppressata and sandwich pepperoni to the top half. Bake until toasted and the meat heated through - about 6 minutes.
  • Add sliced tomato, salt and pepper to the bottom half. Top with desired amount of grinder salad and add grated parmesan cheese on top of the grinder salad.
  • Replace the top halve, slice into fourths and enjoy!
  • Any leftover grinder salad can be enjoyed with potato chips.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 985kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 3005mg | Potassium: 750mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1518IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 597mg | Iron: 3mg