If you’ve been on TikTok lately, you’ve probably seen the viral grinder sandwich recipe. This easy-to-make sandwich is perfect for a quick snack or a tasty lunch. And the best part? It only requires a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your refrigerator.
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Why You’ll Love this Recipe
This sandwich is so easy to make and so delicious, you’ll want to make it again and again. It’s perfect for a quick snack or a light lunch.
And it’s a great way to use up leftover lunch meat or cold cuts in a tasty way. So go ahead and give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!
What is an Italian Grinder?
An Italian grinder is a type of sandwich that is made with meat, cheese, and vegetables. It is typically served cold or at room temperature.
The word “grinder” refers to the way the sandwich is made: the bread is first grilled or toasted, then the fillings are added and the sandwich is pressed together so that the flavors can meld together.
What Kind of Meat Should Be Used in this TikTok Grinder Sandwich?
This sandwich is a great option for a quick and easy meal. It is also very versatile – you can use any type of meat, cheese, and vegetables that you like.
For this particular sandwich, I used Salami and some Turkey that I already had. Here are some ideas for Grinder Sandwich meats.
What Kind of Cheese Should I Use in my Grinder Sandwich?
Cheese can also be customized when you make this sandwich. I used Pepper Jack and Smoked Provolone, but here are some other options:
- Monterey Jack
TikTok Sandwich Ingredients
Below you will find a list of ingredients needed to make this grinder. Remember, you can totally customize these ingredients and make it your own!
Mayonnaise: Use whatever brand mayo you like or have on hand.
Submarine Dressing: I used Beano’s Original Submarine Dressing found at Walmart. You can easily substitute any Italian dressing if desired. You can also substitute red wine vinegar and olive oil.
Parmesan Cheese: Grate your own cheese for best results, but the pre-shredded cheese will work in a pinch.
Lettuce: I used iceberg lettuce, but you could use Romaine or even spinach leaves.
Banana Peppers: These can be found in the pickle aisle of your grocery store.
Red Onion: I like to soak my onion slices in water for about 5 minutes before using to cut down on the bite of the onion. You can use white onion as well.
Bread: You will want to use a substantial bread like French Bread, Italian Bread, Ciabatta, Focciaca, etc. I use sub rolls.
Butter: This will be used to spread on the bread to toast if desired.
Thinly Sliced Meat: I used Salami and Turkey, but like I said before, you can use any type of meat.
Cheese Slices: Again, feel free to use whatever cheese you like or have on hand. I used Pepper Jack and Provolone Cheese.
Tomatoes: Sliced tomatoes are a great addition to this sandwich.
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How to Make a TikTok Grinder Sandwich
 Add the lettuce, banana peppers, onion slices, and parmesan to the bowl and stir to mix the salad ingredients with the dressing. Set aside.
 Cut the bread in half, leaving one side connected if possible. (If the bread separates, the sandwiches will still work.
 Place the bread on a baking sheet and spread butter on each side. Place under a broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minute until toasted.
 Remove the bread from the oven and place meat slices on one side and cheese slices on the other. Place under the broiler for an additional minute, keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
 Top the meat with the Grinder Salad mixture and sliced tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
 Put the sandwich sides together and enjoy!