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CONTEST: $25,000 For A Sandwich Recipe


Here’s the 2008 winner. Will your sandwich
recipe bring home the bacon in 2009?


Do you make a sandwich so delish, it’s worth $25,000 and a Napa Valley vacation? Then click on over to for the contest rules. There are categories for cold, hot, hero and vegetarian sandwiches. Just get your entry in by September 7th, 2009! You can also see the recipes of last year’s finalists.

Mezzetta, the contest sponsor, makes the capers, crushed garlic, marinated red peppers, pickled vegetables, olive oil, olives, sundried tomatoes and other specialties that bring sandwiches alive. Here’s the 2008 winner, submitted by Edwina Gadsby of Great Falls, Montana:

Spanish-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Smoky Paprika Roasted Pepper & Tomato Topping

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


– 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices peasant bread or other artisan bread
– 3 cups shredded Manchego cheese
– 3 ounces thinly sliced Serrano ham or prosciutto

Smoky Paprika Roasted Pepper & Tomato Topping
– 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
– 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
– 1 tablespoons crushed garlic
– 1 cup roasted red pepper strips
– 1 cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil
– 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley or cilantro


For Topping: Whisk together in bowl vinegar, paprika, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and crushed garlic. Add roasted red pepper strips, sundried tomatoes and parsley (or cilantro); toss to coat.

For Sandwiches: Sprinkle 4 slices of bread with half the cheese. Top with Smoky Paprika Roasted Pepper & Tomato Topping and ham. Apply the remaining cheese as another layer. Top with a second piece of bread and press together.

Brush sandwiches with remaining olive oil and heat in a panini press or skillet until lightly browned on both sides and cheese has melted. Serve hot.

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