The Sep Pep Sandwich

Total Time:
30 min
15 min
15 min

4 to 8 servings

  • Garlic Sauce:
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • Pizza Sauce:
  • 2 cups pizza sauce with basil
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 loaves hearty French bread
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups sliced pepperoni (about 80 slices)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Make the Garlic Sauce: In a medium bowl, microwave the butter on high until melted, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the garlic.

  • In another medium bowl, whisk together the pizza sauce, tomato juice, garlic, and salt. Set aside.

  • Slice off part of the rounded side of each bread half to create a flat surface. (This will allow the bread to lay flat in the oven.) Cut the loaves open, lengthwise, keeping them intact like a book. Cut each loaf in half, crosswise, to make 4 sections. Arrange the bread on a baking sheet.

  • Using a brush, slather the bread with the garlic sauce. Using a ladle or spoon, cover the bread with tomato sauce (be sure to cover to the edges to prevent burning).

  • Spread about 1/4 of the mushrooms and mozzarella, and 1/2 cup (about 20 slices) of pepperoni across each loaf section and sprinkle with oregano.

  • Bake until all the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown, about 8 to10 minutes. Serve immediately.

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