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Salami Arugula “Oven Cheese” Sammy

on September 7, 2013

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Salami Arugula “Oven Cheese” Sammy

Like a grilled cheese, but in the oven!  I was originally thinking about making a grilled cheese sandwich with these ingredients, but then I thought the salami would be extra yummy if it got a little more lovin’ from the oven.  I decided I would crisp it up in the oven and then thought, “I’ll just do it all in the oven!”  As it turns out, this works really well.  Thus, the “oven cheese” sammy was born!

Disclaimer: I’m sure someone else has made an “oven cheese” before, but this is how it was born in my kitchen. 🙂


  • butter
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 8 slices deli salami, thinly sliced
  • ½ c shredded mozzarella
  • 1 T mayo
  • 1 t balsamic vinegar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ c (or more) arugula


  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread and place butter side down on one side of a sheet pan.
  3. Mix the mayo, balsamic vinegar, and a few grinds of black pepper.
  4. Spread the mayo mixture on top of each slice of bread.  Then, top each slice with mozzarella.
  5. Arrange the salami in a single layer on the other side of the sheet pan.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes until salami is crispy to your liking.  (Depending on how thinly sliced it is, this may happen very quickly!)
  7. Remove salami from the pan and carefully wipe the salami grease off the pan. (I suppose you don’t have to do this, but I do.)
  8. Return the bread to the oven for another 5 minutes or so until it is toasted. (If your salami was on the thicker side your bread may be toasted at the same time!)
  9. Assemble the sammy by placing the salami on one slice of bread, then the arugula, and top with the other slice of bread.  (Don’t be afraid to pile the arugula high as the heat will wilt it down some.)
  10. Cut on the diagonal and serve with some arugula on the side and freshly picked cherry tomatoes!

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • She can mix the mayo, balsamic, and pepper.
  • Have her arrange the salami on the pan.
  • If you are serving with cherry tomatoes, she can wash them.  My 2 ½ year old picks them and then uses his stepstool to wash them in the kitchen sink and most of them don’t make it to the bowl.  He pops them in his little mouth right there as he works!

Modifications for Kids:

  • Leave the arugula off for a kiddo if she is too small to chew it well OR cut it up into small pieces before putting it on the sammy.
  • If necessary, you can cut up the salami for your kiddo, too.
As you can see, today’s “kid cook” is in training.  Too little to help yet, but he does like to watch!

As you can see, today’s “kid cook” is in training. Too little to help yet, but he does like to watch!


One response to “Salami Arugula “Oven Cheese” Sammy

  1. […] served it with Ham and “Oven Cheese” Sammies.  It’s the same method I used for Salami Arugula Oven Cheese Sammies… a great way to make a lot of sammies at […]

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