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italian torta sandwiches

(8 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Joni Hilton
Rocklin, CA

This is such a knockout - super impressive to serve guests, none of whom will have any idea how easy it was. Seriously, this comes together in a snap. It's hearty, delicious, and gorgeous. Oh, and it's like winning a free trip to Italy. What more could you ask?

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We could not stop eating this torta and wonder why it took us so long to try one! Don't let the steps scare you. It's so easy. Using store-bought pie crust makes this a cinch and surprisingly comes together quickly. Once baked, the crust is a beautiful golden brown. Inside is hearty meat, vegetables, and gooey cheese. We served with a side of tomato sauce, but it's delicious alone too. It would be fun to add toppings to your liking. Comfort food to the max!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(8 ratings)
yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 50 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For italian torta sandwiches

  • 1
    uncooked dough for three pie crusts
  • 2 c
    shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 can
    sliced olives, drained (6.5 oz)
  • 1/2 lb
    sliced salami
  • 1 jar
    roasted red peppers, sliced (12 oz)
  • 1 pkg
    flavored cream cheese spread, tomato or garden (7.5 oz)
  • 1/2 lb
    deli-sliced turkey
  • 2 c
    spinach leaves
  • 1 jar
    pesto sauce (8 oz)
  • 2 c
    freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lg
    egg, lightly beaten

How To Make italian torta sandwiches

Test Kitchen Tips
When it says roll 2/3 of the crust, we rolled two of the pie crust to fit the pan. We layered this almost like you would a lasagna - meat, cream cheese, veggies, and then shredded cheese. Repeat and end with cheese. Also if there are leftovers this was great heated up in the microwave.
  • Pizza dough pressed into a springform pan.
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray or grease the bottom and sides of an 8- or 9-inch springform pan. Roll 2/3 of dough into a circle and press onto bottom and up sides of pan. (I can give you a great pie dough recipe if you like, or use a convenience package.)
  • Layering meat into the pan.
    Fill half the meat in the crust.
  • Adding cream cheese and pesto.
    Then half of the cream cheese and pesto.
  • Red peppers and olives added to the pan.
    Then half of the olives and red peppers.
  • Spinach and cheese added and layers repeated.
    Finally, half the spinach and shredded cheese. Then repeat it all.
  • Another crust placed on top and vents cut into the crust.
    Roll out final 1/3 of dough into an 8-inch circle, and place atop fillings, pinching seams with bottom crust to seal. Make vent holes with a fork. t
  • Brushing egg onto the crust.
    Then brush with beaten egg.
  • Italian Torta ready to be sliced.
    Bake 50 minutes. Let rest 15 minutes, then remove from pan.
  • Inside layers of the Italian Torta Sandwich.
    Slice into wedges. This is also great at room temperature or cold. What a different, delightful sandwich!