Don't toss the bread that gets trimmed from the loaf. Use it to make bread crumbs for pasta dishes or croutons for your favorite soup or salad.
Makes: 4 servings (1 panini); Total time: about 25 minutes
|FOR THE PESTO MAYONNAISE, PURÉE:|
|6||large cloves garlic6 large cloves|
|2||cups packed fresh basil leaves2 cups|
|1⁄2||cup grated Parmesan1⁄2 cup|
|1⁄4||cup extra-virgin olive oil1⁄4 cup|
|1⁄2||tsp. kosher salt1⁄2 tsp.|
|1⁄2||tsp. red pepper flakes1⁄2 tsp.|
|1⁄4||cup mayonnaise1⁄4 cup|
|FOR THE ONION RELISH, COMBINE:|
|1||cup thinly sliced red onion1 cup|
|2||Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil2 Tbsp.|
|1||Tbsp. red wine vinegar1 Tbsp.|
|1||tsp. chopped fresh oregano1 tsp.|
|Salt and black pepper to taste|
|FOR THE SANDWICH, TRIM:|
|1||round loaf unsliced Italian or French white bread (1 lb.)1 round loaf|
|6||oz. provolone, thinly sliced6 oz.|
|4||oz. capocollo or deli ham, thinly sliced4 oz.|
|4||oz. hard salami, thinly sliced4 oz.|
|1||cup arugula1 cup|
Preheat grill to low. Brush grill grate with oil.
For the pesto mayonnaise, purée garlic, basil, Parmesan, ¼ cup oil, ½ tsp. salt, and pepper flakes in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in mayonnaise; cover and chill until ready to serve.
For the onion relish, combine onion, 2 Tbsp. oil, vinegar, and oregano in a small bowl; season with salt and black pepper.
For the sandwich, trim top and bottom crusts from bread to make flat surfaces. Slice trimmed loaf in half horizontally.
Place a single layer of provolone on one bread slice; spread pesto mayonnaise over provolone. Layer capocollo, salami, onion relish, arugula, remaining provolone, and remaining bread slice on top.
Brush both sides of panini with oil; transfer to grill, placing a cast-iron skillet on top to weigh it down. Grill panini, covered, until cheese melts, about 3 minutes per side.
Per serving: 636 cal; 37g total fat (12g sat); 72mg chol; 1642mg sodium; 50g carb; 1g fiber; 28g protein
For a creamy spread, whisk the pesto in a food processor before stirring in mayonnaise.
It may seem like a lot of pesto mayonnaise, but be sure to spread all of it on top of the provolone.