What's Cooking Wednesday

Italian Subs and Shakes
(Like a pro)

Today, I'm going to share with you a meal recipe I learned when I used to work at a Sandwich Shop.  I know what you're thinking, 'They're just sandwiches and shakes? I make that already?'... Yes, BUT, these are special sandwiches and shakes.... restaurant-style-sandwiches and shakes. Out-of-this-world sandwiches and shakes. 

This will wow any guests or family members you have over for lunch. There are about 4 different types of meat that go into this Italian sub, you can alter it to your taste preferences. 

You'll Need:
-Genoa Salami
-Hot Capicola 
(or regular if you don't like spicy, though you can hardly taste the spiciness.)
-4th meat of your choice

-Sub Rolls
-Sub toppings of choice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, lettuce (I use spinach) tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, italian seasoning, whatever you want!

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F, while the oven is preheating, cut the rolls lengthwise and open up. Add about 3-5 Genoa Salami slices lengthwise depending on the length of your sub. Basically just enough to cover the sub. 6-8 Pepperonis, 1.5-3 slices of Capicola, and for the fourth meat, I usually add a peppered salami or 1.5-2 slices of mortadella, prosciutto. You can use whatever, or opt out for none.  Once it's all layered, top off with 2-3 slices of provolone, again, all to just cover the sub, neatly. Place the sub face-open on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 5-10 minutes, until edges are golden and cheese is melted. When the sub is ready, top with your favorite toppings.. In order, I use diced white/yellow onions, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, drizzle of red wine vinegar, drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of Italian seasoning, then then I close the sub, using a knife and pressing into the toppings while closing so everything stays in tact still, and cut in half.

Making a good milkshake is easy. You just need to follow this ratio 2:1.  That's 2 parts ice cream to 1 part milk. 1-2 ounces of what ever flavor you want. You can use flavored ice cream to cut out the middle man. I love getting creative with mine. To fancify the shake up for guests, you can add a drizzle of caramel or chocolate to the sides of the glass.
Lets say you have vanilla ice cream and you want a Coffee Brownie Shake:
2 parts vanilla ice cream (we'll say 10 ounces), 1 brownie square, coffee syrup, and 1 part milk(5 ounces). 
Blend away. Et voila! You've made yourself a damn fine shake, Diane! You could always crumble up the brownie and stir it into the shake for bigger chunks if you wanted too. Drizzle some chocolate around the inside of a glass cup and pour in the shake when you're ready to serve :)

Cheesecake Shake:
2 parts vanilla ice cream, 1 part milk, a slice of cheesecake, a splash of vanilla extract, & graham cracker crumbs for garnish (optional). Blend everything except cheesecake and graham cracker crumbs. Chop up cheesecake into chunks and add to shake, pulse for a few seconds until its just incorporated into the shake. Serve in a Fountain Shoppe Glass, top with whipped cream & graham cracker crumbs, and there you go! Simple! 

*You can do this recipe with a pumpkin pie slice too for the holidays ;), instead of vanilla ice cream, there are a ton of pumpkin pie ice cream flavors to use and just top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice <3

Seriously, I love getting creative with these! 

If you want to make any of these into a malt, just add a spoonful or two of malted milk powder, before blending.

Enjoy! I'd love to hear how yours all turned out!

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