Hot Italian Party Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.


12 sandwiches

Updated: Nov. 08, 2023
It doesn’t get much easier or more delicious than this hot Italian sandwich recipe. The sandwiches are wonderful as an appetizer for gatherings or a hungry family, and are a fantastic party food that is quick to prepare. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
Hot Italian Party Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (12 ounces) Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 6 slices part-skim mozzarella or provolone cheese
  • 6 thin slices deli ham
  • 9 thin slices hard salami
  • 6 thin slices deli pastrami
  • 1-1/4 cups giardiniera
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup prepared zesty Italian salad dressing
  • Pepperoncini


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Cut rolls horizontally in half; place roll bottoms in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Mix mayonnaise and pesto until combined. Spread over cut sides of rolls. Layer bottoms with mozzarella cheese, ham, salami, pastrami, giardiniera, shredded Parmesan cheese, basil leaves and red onion. Place bun tops over filling and gently press to flatten.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; brush with salad dressing. Bake until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes longer. Cool slightly before cutting. Serve with pepperoncini and additional giardiniera if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 290 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 1026mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 15g protein.