Readers! My husband, my blog, and I have taken a trip to a small town near Nashville, Tennessee to visit my big sister and my brother-in-law for the Labor Day holiday. My sister, Lydia, and I have always been close so I have been greatly looking forward to this visit. As a very special guest to my blog, she has agreed to write a post today featuring her famous Warm Sandwiches. Enjoy!
As a swimmer, swimming more than 16 hours a week in the summer, food was one of the biggest aspects of our lives other than sleep, and obviously swimming. Imagine, two hours of griping, grueling, intensive sweat, tears, and bloodshed. Beginning with thirty minutes to an hour of dry-land – composed of ‘the kicking machine’ (picture the torture device from the Princess Bride, only made just for the legs), to wheelies and ‘tick-tocks’ followed by an hour to an hour an half of race paced swimming and endurance training in the water. Sometimes the only thing keeping you sane was the food you ate before coming to practice. If the food and amount of food was not just right, practice seemed one thousand times worse than what I just described to you.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner where only a few of the many meals that you ate during the day. Because of the many meals you needed, variety and taste was key. The snack right before practice was one of the most important. Not too heavy, not too greasy, not too big, not too small, but should be just the right amount of delicious, enough to make your soul happy.
My sister, the owner and author of this blog site, always wanted a snack with the speculations I just described to you. Sometimes, these specific speculations were hard to find and often times you had to be creative so as not to become bored with the copious amounts of food you needed to consume. This is where the sandwich I am about to describe and share with you came about. My sister referred and still today refers to this sandwich as “Lydia’s Warm Sandwich.”
This weekend, my sister, Elise, came to visit with her husband for Labor Day weekend. In our several conversations leading up to this weekend, we talked about what we wanted to do and of course what she wanted to eat. When asked, the first thing out of her mouth was, “Oh we HAVE TO have your warm sandwiches, they are just sooo good!” Therefore, today for lunch we had said sandwiches which is what inspired this post.
When I asked Elise to describe this sandwich, she said,
“It is warm, spicy, fresh, and juicy all at the same time. These sandwiches are simply bursting with flavor and each bite contains all the sensations that you wish you would find in any given bite.”
Now what would you do if someone described a sandwich to you this way? You would make it and eat, am I right? Yes, you know I am right! So, that’s exactly what we did!
The recipe: Lydia’s Warm Sandwich
- 6 Ciabotta Rolls
- Olive Oil
- 2 Avocados
- 2 Roma Tomatoes
- 3/4 pound Hard Salami Sliced (approximately)
- 8oz Pepper Jack Cheese Sliced
Turn oven to broil. Open Ciabatta bread and place each half face up on a baking sheet. Using a baking brush, lightly spread olive oil over the open face of each piece of Ciabatta (12 pieces). Place in preheated oven to toast until golden brown. Meanwhile, slice Roma Tomatoes and Pepper Jack cheese. Mash avocado with salt to taste. Once Ciabatta bread is toasted, remove from oven and place cheese slices over the open face of each piece of Ciabatta. Next, layer 2 slices of Hard Salami on top of the cheese. On the bottom piece of each Ciabatta place approximately 3 slices of tomato and sprinkle lightly with salt. On the top piece of each Ciabatta spread a 6th of the avocado mixture.
Place back in the oven until cheese is melted, and the salami is browned on the outside and curled up slightly. The tomato skin should be shriveled, and the avocado a bright green in color. Remove from oven and carefully place the two halves of the sandwich together – the half with tomato and the half with avocado.
Eat while hot and ENJOY!