Roman Melt

julie merriman


This sandwich is perfect for a crowd or just a few hungry people! All the flavors of Italy wrapped up in a sandwich - spicy Italian sausage, roasted garlic, pesto and smoked mozzarella make the perfect combination for an awesome sandwich. you could even cut it into bite size pieces for a fun appetizer.

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head garlic
2 Tbsp
olive oil
hot italian sausage links, butterflied
1 large
onion, thickly sliced
2 large
red bell pepper, thickly sliced
head fennel, sliced
1/2 c
balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp
brown sugar
1 Tbsp
red chili flakes
4 Tbsp
sweet cream butter, at room temp
1/2 c
parmesan cheese, grated
foccacia bread loaf
1 c
basil pesto
8 slice
smoked mozzarella
1 c
deli sliced pepperoncini
1 c
manzanella olives, sliced

How to Make Roman Melt


  • 1For the roasted garlic - Preheat grill to medium high. Slice the top off of the garlic. Place on a piece of foil, drizzle 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap the garlic head and place on grill. Cook, turning occasionally until caramelized – about 25 minutes. Remove from grill and set aside.
  • 2For the filling - Place the sausage on grill and cook, flipping as necessary until no longer pink – about 15 minutes. Remove from grill. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over the onion, pepper and fennel slices. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on grill until softened and charred slightly – about 5 minutes. Remove from grill. In large skillet or sauté pan add the sausage pieces, onion and peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Add the vinegar, sugar and chili flakes and simmer 10 more minutes
  • 3For the garlic spread - In bowl, add the butter and parmesan. Unwrap the garlic and squeeze the cloves into the bowl. With a fork, mash the cloves and stir mixture together to form a paste.
  • 4To assemble - slice the foccacia loaf in half. on top half, spread teh garlic spread. place on grill and cook until grill marks appear. On bottom half, spread the pesto. top with the sausage mixture, cheese slices and peperoncini and olives. place top on. place whole sandwich on grill on indirect heat and cook until the cheese melts - about 5 minutes. remove and slice into wedges.

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About Roman Melt

Course/Dish: Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Italian