Thursday, September 18, 2014

Baked Italian Sandwiches

French bread
Butter or margarine
Provolone cheese
Deli ham (or other lunch meat)
Italian bread crumbs
Parmesan cheese
Eggs (1 or 2)
Milk (1 or 2 Tbsp)
Onion (optional)
Green pepper (optional)
Spaghetti sauce, for dipping

  1. Turn on your oven to 425 degrees. Put a chunk of butter or margarine in the bottom of a 9x13 (or larger) baking dish, and put it in the oven as it’s pre-heating so the butter can melt. Use enough butter to lightly coat the bottom of the dish.
  2. While your butter is melting, take the bread and slice it to desired thickness.  
  3. Mix some bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a dish. 
  4. Beat the eggs and milk in another dish.
  5. Optional: Saute some onion and green pepper to add.
  6. Dip one side of one piece of bread in the milk mixture.
  7. Coat it well in the crumb mixture.
  8. Set it in the pan, making sure it gets coated with some of the melted butter.
  9. Add a slice of cheese.
  10. Add desired amount of lunch meat.
  11. Add the sauteed veggies (optional).
  12. Top it off with another slice of cheese and another slice of bread coated in bread crumbs and melted butter.
  13. Put the assembled sandwiches in the oven for about 5-8 minutes on each side, or until the cheese melts and the bread gets toasted. 
  14. If desired, broil them on high for 1-2 minutes at the very end to get a nice brown crispy finish on the bread. 
  15. Serve with warm spaghetti sauce in individual dishes for dipping.
Notes: We had this over two years ago, but I remember liking it a lot. If I had posted this recipe when we first had it, instead of leaving the photo forgotten in a folder, I'm sure we would have made it again. See source for step by step photos.

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