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Hot Italian Focaccia Melts



I don't think I have ever made any secret of my love of and for sandwiches.  I adore them in any way shape or form.  The other day I created a delicious Focaccia melt for us to enjoy using some of the sliced Focaccia flat breads that Deli Kitchen makes.  I adore their flatbreads.


They have a wonderful range of innovative flat breads that are simple, handy to use, very versatile and also healthy.



I love these Sliced Focaccia breads from their range.  They are a delicious soft olive oil bread and much thinner than regular focaccia that you might see in the shops, making them PERFECT for sandwiches such as this Hot Italian Focaccia Melt I am showing you today.  With each thin containing only 291 calories and  with each one serving two people that makes for a mighty tasty somewhat low carb sandwich that is sure to please and satisfy even your most ardent bread lovers!



You could get four servings from each focaccia bread for your small eaters, but I would count on there being two each,  for your heartier eaters.


The insides of the focaccia are spread with a parmesan herb butter and then layered with three deli meats . . .  salami, pepperoni and Italian ham/prosciutto . . .


I have also added two layers of four cheese blend. You can use whatever four cheese blend you like. If you can get an Italian one that's great.  I just use the one that I can get in my shops which includes Edam, Jack, Cheddar and Mozzarella.


I also add a layer of spicy marinated  pickles.  I get the slaw variety which includes carrots, onions and chilies.  You could use hot pickled peppers if you wanted, or Giardiniera, or even those Peppadew peppers. 


You want something that will give you a little bit of heat without going over the top



I brushed the outsides of the focaccia with some softened butter and sprinkled them with a bit more Italian Garlic & Herb Seasoning . . .


It adds a really nice finishing touch  . . .



Once you've done that, you just lay them out onto several baking sheets . . .


I cover the baking sheets with foil and bake first  . . .  that gives the cheese a chance to melt and the meat a chance to heat through  . . .


I then uncover them and bake them for a further 5 minutes, just to crisp up the outsides a bit.



The end result was fabulously tasty!  We both really enjoyed these!  Kind of like an inside out pizza . . .  but without pizza sauce.


We enjoyed them for a light supper with  a bit of salad!! 



Yield: 8

Hot Italian Foccaccia Melts

prep time: 10 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 25 mins
Perfect for a quick and easy supper, and oh so delicious!

ingredients:

  • 4 Deli Kitchen Sliced Focaccia
  • 130g butter softened (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tsp garlic Italian seasoning
  • 6 TBS Parmesan Cheese
  • 24 slices Salami
  • 24 slices Pepperoni
  • 24 slices Italian ham with herbs
  • 375g four cheese blend (3 cups)
  • (Mine has Edam, Jack, Cheddar and Mozzarella)
  • Spicy pickled salad mix like pickled Giardiniera Mix (optional)
  • (I used Baxter's Spicy Slaw Deli Topper)
Topping:
  • softened butter
  • Italian herb and garlic seasoning

instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F gas mark 4. Slice your sub rolls almost all the way through from the top to bottom.
  2. Cream together the butter, seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Spread a portion of this onto the insides of the focaccia Layer 4 TBS of cheese blend, 4 slices salami, 4 slices Pepperoni, 4 slices ham, 4 TBS hot pickle mix (if using) and 4TBS of the four cheese blend into each bun.  Brush  a bit of softened butter on the top of each and sprinkle with some Italian garlic seasoning.  Place onto two baking sheets and cover with foil.
  3. Bake  in the preheated oven  for 10 minutes, uncover and bake for a further 5 minutes, until the cheese has melted and all is heated through.  Cut into quarters to serve.
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With the more spring-like and summery weather coming up, these would also be delicious filled, wrapped in foil and popped onto the outdoor grill!  I do so love my sandwich meals!   You can buy the Deli Kitchen Sliced Focaccia breads at Sainsbury's where they retail for £1.35 a pack or 34p each!  That spells winner/winnerto me! You can buy Deli Kitchen's tasty flatbread range from Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Waitrose.



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Marie Rayner
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