Monday, January 02, 2006

Italian Grinder

The true Italian Grinder originated in the states at a small Italian grocery store and deli on the north end of Shaw Street in New London, CT. in the late 1940's. The shop was run by the Christophers, and Ernie Christopher made THE BEST grinder available anywhere. Right around the corner - a half block away - on Bank Street was an Italian bakery, so it was a natural fit.

It's an easy sandwich to make, but you need the best ingredients available.


1 Loaf fresh Italian Bread
6-8 slices of imported Genoa salami (can also use prosciutto)
6-8 slices of imported Provolone Cheese
Sliced Tomato
Shredded Lettuce
Grinder Salt (*)
Fresh Ground Pepper

Slice bread in half lengthwise. Drizzle or spritz each half with olive oil. Place slices of salami on one of the halves, and the sliced tomatoes on top of the salami slices. Top with the slices of provolone cheese, followed by the shredded lettuce. Salt and pepper the lettuce, followed by another drizzling or spritzing of olive oil. Close and slice in half.

Do NOT use American cheese

(*) Grinder salt is a blend of sea salt, onion powder and lots of garlic powder