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TikTok Grinder Sandwich

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If you’ve been on TikTok lately, you’ve probably seen the viral grinder sandwich recipe. This simple Italian 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.

A TikTok grinder sandwich with meat, cheese, and grinder salad on a white plate with a red and white kitchen towel.

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Why You’ll Love this Recipe

This hot submarine 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!

A toasted sandwich topped with tiktok grinder salad.

What is an Italian Grinder?

An Italian grinder is a type of sandwich that is made with Italian meats, 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 Salad Sandwich?

This loaded sandwich recipe 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.

  • Ham
  • Proscuitto
  • Pepperoni
  • Salami
  • Turkey
  • Roast Beef
A TikTok grinder sandwich with meat, cheese, and grinder salad on a white plate with a red and white kitchen towel.

What Kind of Cheese Should I Use in my Italian 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:

  • Mozzarella
  • Monterey Jack
  • Cheddar
  • Havarti
  • American
  • Swiss Cheese

What Kind of Bread Should I Use?

  • French Bread
  • Sandwich Rolls
  • Hoagie Roll
  • Crusty Bread
  • Sub Roll

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!

Ingredients to make a TikTok Grinder Sandwich.

Creamy Grinder Salad Ingredients

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 salad 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 shredded 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. They are sometimes called pepperoncini peppers.

Red Onion: I like to soak my red 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.

Spices: Red Pepper Chili Flakes, Salt, and Black Pepper. Use a bit of Italian Seasoning if desired.

Ingredients to make a TikTok grinder sandwich.

Grinder Sandwich

Bread: You will want to use a substantial bread like French Bread, Italian Bread, Ciabatta, Focciaca, etc. found in the bakery section of the grocery store. 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 variety of meats that you like.

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.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How to Make a TikTok Grinder Sandwich

[1] Prepare the Grinder Salad recipe by combining the mayonnaise, submarine dressing, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper with a whisk in a large mixing bowl.

Grinder salad dressing ingredients in a bowl.

[2] Add the lettuce, banana peppers, onion slices, and parmesan to the bowl and stir to mix the salad ingredients with the dressing. Set aside.

Grinder salad mixture in a bowl.

[3] Cut your bread of choice in half, leaving one side connected if possible. (If the bread separates, the sandwiches will still work.

Sandwich rolls sliced open on a baking sheet/

[4] Place the bread on a baking sheet and spread butter on each side of the bread. Place under a broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minute until toasted.

Toasted bread on a baking sheet.

[5] 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.

Two grinder sandwiches being toasted under a broiler.

[6] Top the meat with the Grinder Salad mixture and tomato slices. Season with salt and pepper.

Toasted grinder sandwiches topped with grinder salad and tomato slices.

[7] Put the sandwich sides together and enjoy!

A TikTok grinder sandwich with meat, cheese, and grinder salad on a white plate with a red and white kitchen towel.

What to Serve with TikTok Grinder Sandwiches

More Viral TikTok Recipes:

A TikTok grinder sandwich with meat, cheese, and grinder salad on a white plate with a red and white kitchen towel.

TikTok Grinder Sandwich

Yield: 4 Sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

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.

Ingredients

Grinder Salad

  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Submarine Dressing (or Italian Dressing)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/3 Cup Grated or Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 3-4 Cups Shredded Lettuce
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Banana Peppers
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Red Onion
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Grinder Sandwich

  • 4 Sandwich Rolls (like French Bread or Italian Bread)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 24 Meat Slices (like Salami, Turkey, Ham, Prosciutto)
  • 8 Cheese Slices (like Pepper Jack, Provalone, Mozzarella, Cheddar)
  • Sliced Tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Grinder Salad by combining the mayonnaise, submarine dressing, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper with a whisk in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the lettuce, banana peppers, onion slices, and parmesan to the bowl and stir to mix the salad ingredients with the dressing. Set aside.
  3. Cut the bread in half, leaving one side connected if possible. (If the bread separates, the sandwiches will still work.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Top the meat with the Grinder Salad mixture and sliced tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Put the sandwich sides together and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1099Total Fat: 73gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 40gCholesterol: 245mgSodium: 1345mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 70g

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