Monday, January 6, 2014

crock pot grinders

So for those of you who don't know what a grinder is... be prepared to be amazed! A grinder is basically a warm hoagie, and they're usually filled with Italian meats and cheeses. This version is made in the crock pot so it's even easier than a regular grinder!
Start with bread. Nothing super fancy- this is just a crusty sourdough loaf.
Here's where you start the sandwich assembly. To slice the bread, make even slices throughout the entire loaf without slicing all the way through. Remember, you need an odd number of slices to make an even number of sandwiches.
Start layering your meats and cheeses! On the bottom is the provolone cheese, then salami and finally some tavern ham. Top the whole thing off with some pickled banana peppers.
Stuff those little meat and cheese packages between the slices, leaving two parts of bread between each meat package. Remember, we'll be slicing this all up later to make the actual sandwiches.
On the bottom of your crock pot, place either mini pie pans or some wadded up aluminum foil to keep the sandwich off the bottom. Then add about a 1/4 cup of water.
Now here are your options! Either place the crock pot on warm for 6 hours or low for 4 hours. Either way, the sandwiches will be warm and delicious and not burnt or gummy at all!
Remove the aluminum foil package and let sit for a minute to cool. Slice the sandwiches up and serve with mayonnaise, or oil, or whatever you'd like! You'll love this.
Crock Pot Grinders
From Big Red Kitchen!
1 round loaf crusty bread
8 slices provolone cheese
8 slices tavern ham
8 slices hard salami
Pickled banana pepper rings
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup water

Slice bread 7 times without cutting all the way through. Lay out the meat filling by layering provolone cheese, ham and salami. Top with banana pepper rings, salt and pepper. Stuff the meat and cheese between the slices of bread to make 4 sandwiches. Wrap bread completely with aluminum foil. Place a wad of aluminum foil on the bottom of the crock pot and pour in the water. Place wrapped sandwiches on top of the wad of aluminum and cover. Cook on low for 4 hours, or warm for 6 hours. Remove from crock pot and let rest for a minute. Slice sandwiches completely through and serve with mayonnaise or oil. Enjoy!