Bodacious Bocadillos Sandwich with Roasted Garlic Makes You Say YUMMM!

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

Bocadillas

I have learned that a sandwich can be so much more than what your mother made you as a child.  They are complete meals, wrapped in bread.  I am also thrilled with the idea that my gourmet sandwich has the kids and Danny begging for more.

Now granted, there are times when I have to cook something for hours at a time, Roast Pork for instance.  But I love cooking and spend hours at a time preparing ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 2 Lbs. Prosciutto Di Parma
  • 1 Wedge of Parmesan Cheese, Shaved
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 4 Heads of Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Cracked Pink Peppercorns, Assorted Peppercorns are fine if unavailable
  • Sea Salt
  • 4 Crusty Sandwich Rolls

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. With a large knife, cut off the pointed ends of each head of garlic.  Place your heads of garlic in a small baking dish.  Drizzle each head of garlic with olive oil, then sprinkle lightly with sea salt and your cracked pink peppercorns.  Cooking Tip:  Pink and Red Peppercorns are ideal for salads, desserts and dishes with sweet meats.  The reason for this, is that they have a strong, fresh floral scent and taste profile compared to Black and White Peppercorns. 
  3. Cover your baking dish with foil and set aside until you are ready to roast.
  4. Rinse your red, bell peppers in cool water.  With a pairing knife, cut the top out of each pepper and remove the core, seeds and ribs.
  5. Rinse out the insides of each of your red, bell peppers to remove any excess seeds.  Slice your peppers into 3/4″ to 1″ thick slices.  Place your pepper slices onto a greased sheet pan in a single layer.  Drizzle with olive oil, salt and cracked peppercorns.
  6. Place the sheet of bell peppers on the top rack of your oven and the baking dish of garlic on the center rack.
  7. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour until the garlic is a dark, golden brown color and your red peppers are nice and tender.
  8. Once your garlic is roasted, remove from the oven.  Using a pair of tongs, place each head of garlic on a small plate to cool.
  9. Cut each of your crusty, sandwich rolls down the center, not quite all the way through.  Gently spread open each of your rolls.
  10. Take one head of garlic and squeeze our your roasted garlic onto one side of the sandwich roll.  Spread evenly with a butter knife.
  11. Line each of your sandwich rolls with about 10 slices of Prosciutto Di Parma that have been gently folded.  Cooking Tip:  By folding your sandwich meats, you are adding air into the sandwich and thus bulking them up, to appear to have more meat than there actually is.
  12. Next, you want to add a healthy layer of shaved parmesan cheese.
  13. Finally, add strips of roasted, bell peppers to this updated, Spanish Classic sandwich.
  14. Serve with your favorite chips, fries or side salad and enjoy.
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