Such a Nice Italian Boy Sandwich

Nice Italian Boy Sandwich
Recipe courtesy of Clark + Hopkins

This sandwich encapsulates all the fresh and savory elements of the Italian culture, hence the name: Italian Boy. You have the salty and savory dressing paired with creamy burrata cheese and the crunch of fresh ciabatta bread. No matter who you are, this sandwich has to call your name. Although sandwiches are sometimes viewed as unappetizing because of their stereotypical throw-it-together nature, this recipe ensures you will be left wanting another bite. It is so easy to elevate a simple recipe by including ingredients that excite you and your taste buds.

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1 Sandwich

    For the Sandwich
  • 4X4 inch Ciabatta Style Sandwich Roll (We use Saffron Bakery, a local bakery
  • in CHS)
  • 3 to 4 slices (or 4-5 ounces) of Mortadella (with or without Pistachio)
  • 5 to 6 slices (or 3-4 ounces) of both HOT and MILD Soppressata
  • 2 oz ball of Burrata
  • 1 oz of sliced Onion (Red or White)
  • 1 to 2 oz of Mixed Greens or Spring Mix
  • 2 ea. Large slices or Roma or Heirloom tomato
  • Grated Sharp Provolone Cheese to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon (Heaping) of Cherry Pepper Relish or Chopped Calabrian Chilies
  • 1 oz of Italian Dressing (Our housemade recipe to follow)
  • For the Italian Dressing
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil OR neutral vegetable oil,
  • such as sunflower or safflower
  • ¼ cup White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¾ teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon dried basil
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Prepare the salad dressing:

  1. In a blender, blend the mustard and vinegar while slowly adding ½ of the oil.
  2. To thin the mixture, add water and then dry spices, then add remaining oil until emulsified.

Assemble sandwich:

  1. Slice roll down the middle exposing the inside of each ½ of bread.
  2. On the bottom of the roll, spread the pepper relish evenly on the roll.
  3. First Layer the Mortadella then Soppressata (Lay it gingerly, not flat.)
  4. Top with Burrata, then Onion, Lettuce and Tomato (In that order.)
  5. Grate the Sharp Provolone over the tomato slices (Grate as much as you like.)
  6. On the top side of the bread, place the dressing and lay over the rest of the sandwich.


  1. Slice down the center, creating two halves……Now Go enjoy that Italian Boy! 

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