Italian toasties

Italian toasties

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 6
This toastie is like homemade pizza, as you can mix and match the fillings to suit you and your mates

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal546
  • fat26g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein26g
  • salt2.76g
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  • 800g (or 2 x 400g) bloomer loaf
  • olive oil, for drizzling
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  • 2 tbsp sundried tomato paste
  • 200g provolone cheese, sliced (if you can't find this, just use 2 balls of mozzarella instead of 1)
  • 140g your favourite sliced ham
  • selection of favourite pizza toppings, such as olives, antipasti peppers, artichokes or aubergine slices
  • 1 ball mozzarella, sliced
  • crisps, small gherkins and cocktail pickled onions, to serve


  1. Split the loaf through the middle, leaving it attached at one side, and open it up like a book. Scrape away some of the soft bread inside (use to make breadcrumbs), then drizzle generously with olive oil. Spread the tomato paste over both sides, then start layering up your fillings on top. Start with the provolone and ham, then add any of your favourite pizza toppings, if you like, finishing with the mozzarella. Scatter with oregano, season with salt and pepper, then carefully close the sandwich and squash it down with your hands to flatten. Wrap tightly in foil. Can be made up to a day ahead and chilled.

  2. To serve, heat oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Place the foil-wrapped sandwich onto the oven shelf and bake for 30 mins from room temperature or 35 mins from the fridge. Lift onto a board, unwrap, then slice into roughly 6 sandwiches. Serve with bowls of crisps, gherkins and pickled onions and let everyone help themselves.

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20th Mar, 2013
This was so lovely and so easy to make! my husband loved it! rather than the provolone cheese, i put mozzarella and normal cheddar cheese in and it was gorgeous! wish i had left it in another 5-10 minutes though as the center was only warm not boiling but this will def be a family favourite!!
27th Dec, 2012
Lovely. I've made this again and again. Vary the fillings I.e. spring onion, mushroom etc. Winner!
4th Sep, 2011
Was ok, not as special as I had hoped.
18th Jun, 2010
So easy to prepare and a real winner. Lovely if you've got friends popping round for lunch. We used parma ham and roasted veg as additional fillings and just used a 400g bloomer (cooking it for 20mins), and it worked well.
10th Jun, 2010
I make these in dinner rolls , individual portions and no need to slice (which can get a little messy).
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