So many here in Louisiana are helping feed those affected by the Great Flood of 2016-families and new families made up of volunteers and strangers coming together to help each other out. There have been new words inserted in vocabularies here, words we all could have done without learning. Some words when said mean more than the word itself, for all are grateful to have someone say they will come help “muck out” your home. (Mucking out a house is not easy work, especially not in 90 plus degree temperatures and daily rain.)  Conversations rally around remediation, debris pick-up, and mold. It is not a pretty sight here at all, except for the beauty in the community. The beauty of people helping people.

Friends who want to help have asked me for a hearty long lasting sandwich that they can put into lunch bags to deliver to mucking crews. This one is not only my favorite, but one that I have been delivering as well. A few of the recipients have asked for the recipe so that they could make the hearty sandwiches and pass on the lunch bags to others. FB_IMG_1472138287236

I’m sharing my favorite sandwich recipe as a Tuesday Tip. The tip- they are best made the night before. Any leftovers make a great panini. Neopolitan panini (I like mine crispy so my extra layer of cheese is gooey!)


Spread hearty rolls or ciabatta bread with olive oil and pesto. Layer with turkey, provolone, spinach, and roasted red peppers. (jarred or fresh-get help for roasting peppers here ) Wrap. Press down with heavy object-a cast iron pot, foil wrapped brick, or a bacon press overnight in the fridge or up to 48 hours.

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Neapolitan Sandwiches
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 Neapolitan Sandwiches


  • Hearty rolls or ciabatta bread
  • turkey breast, sliced
  • provolone cheese, sliced
  • roasted red peppers, sliced
  • spinach leaves
  • Pesto sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Black pepper


  1. Slice the bread or split the rolls in half.
  2. Drizzle olive oil on one slice/half and brush pesto sauce on other slice/half.
  3. Top with sliced turkey, provolone cheese, spinach, and red peppers. Season with pepper. Fold.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap. Weight down with bacon press, aluminum foil wrapped brick, or heavy cast iron skillet in refrigerator overnight or up to 48 hours.


Can also be sprayed with non-stick spray or olive oil and pressed in a pan to make a panini.

Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: It’s a sandwich so the possibilities are endless! Try it with ham, pastrami, or roast beef or with mozzarella, Swiss, or muenster. My little something extra favorite-goat cheese! The spinach can easily be substituted for lettuce or left plain. Have any olives? Chop them and add them to the pesto before spreading. Not a roasted red pepper fan? Add sun-dried tomatoes instead.

FOOD FUN: There is certainly not much fun going on around here, but typical of our Louisiana heritage, food is at the heart of healing. There have been food drives to replace flooded food from the food bank, free food pick-up destinations, special dinners held with proceeds to benefit flood victims, plenty of cook-offs to feed those in need, and so many volunteering to feed as many as they can.  Mother Teresa said if you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one. Even now, it doesn’t even take food to bring comfort, just drive down any street with an ice chest of cold water and drinks to hand out and you will be a hero.



TUESDAY’S TIP: Neapolitan Sandwiches
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2 thoughts on “TUESDAY’S TIP: Neapolitan Sandwiches

  • August 31, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Good to see you’re back! I like that you’re extending the ‘leftover’ idea to construction materials — a foil-wrapped Kitchen Brick is a great multi-tasker!! The sandwich looks really scrumptious.

    My tip for sandwich making is to put the lettuce next to the bread, then spread the mayo/mustard/whatever on the lettuce, not on the bread. That way the condiment won’t make the bread too soggy too soon. Works especially well with hoagie/ po boy long rolls and full large leaves of lettuce which can be creased and put in the center. Of course if you like soggy bread…..

    • September 1, 2016 at 11:52 am

      It’s nice to be back! Thanks for your sandwich tip-great idea!


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