The idea of a party-sized, ultra-pressed sandwich is so appealing that I've spent the last few weeks brainstorming and testing recipes for versions of shooter's-style sandwiches that actually work. Check out our awesome interactive infographic to take a look at four of my favorites and get an up-close and personal look at what's in between the buns.
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Italian Sausage and Fontina Shooter's-Style Sandwich With Onions, Peppers, Fennel, and Sun-Dried Tomato-Caper Relish
Juicy Italian sausage bound with melted Fontina cheese is all packed into a pressed sandwich with sautéed onions, fennel, and red peppers and stopped with a rich and tangy sun-dried tomato and caper relish to balance out the fat. This is one hell of a sandwich.
Peking-style roast duck is packed into a sandwich with quick-pickled carrots and daikon radish, sliced cucumbers, and hoisin sauce. The flavors are inspired by Chinese sesame pancakes, but when pressed under heavy weights for several hours, it turns into a neat, flavor-packed meal.
Roasted vegetables, caramelized onions, and goat cheese are packed into a hollowed out loaf of bread, wrapped tightly, and then pressed under heavy weights for several hours to pack all the flavors into a perfect, bite-height sandwich.
Mexican tortas are delicious, but messy. This sandwich, inspired by the same flavors, solves that problem by packing them all into a bread boat and pressing them under heavy weights until they form a single, intensely flavorful package with juicy pork, pickled onions, jalapeños, beans, and gooey melted Oaxaca cheese.
I'm going to go ahead and declare the Muffuletta the King of sandwiches. The New Orleans classic is made with layers of cold cuts and provolone cheese on a sesame seed-studded muffuletta loaf, dressed with a punchy olive salad. Typically, it gets wrapped in plastic and is allowed to rest for at least an hour or so to let the bread soak up some of the oil and vinegar from the salad. When you compress the same sandwich shooter's-style, it elevates the whole affair, forcing flavors to mingle even more than they normally do.
The classic New Orleans cold cut and olive salad sandwich gets pressed for a more intense, flavorful experience.
Shooter's-style sandwiches offer the ultimate in portability and intense flavors. In this version, we pack together moist slices of turkey breast, sharp cheddar cheese, broccoli rabe sautéd with tons of garlic, and a bacon weave, all pressed inside a hearty pumpernickel loaf.
A shooter's-style large format pressed sandwich made with turkey, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, and sautéd broccoli rabe. It gets pressed overnight for the best flavor and texture.
The original shooter's sandwich is an involved, but conceptually simple affair—steak, mushrooms, condiments. But it's since gone on to lead a life of its own, totally dominating the world of "look what I made!"-style blogs, with each iteration one-upping the previous one with an ever-increasing number of toppings. But here's an important question: Is the original, simple shooter's sandwich really all that good? We constructed the ultimate version to answer that question.