Air Fryer Spicy Italian Sandwich —If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to change your sandwich game, look no further than the air fryer!

This spicy Italian sandwich is perfect for those who love a little heat in their food. Plus, it’s simple to make and doesn’t require extra dishes. So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try today!

Air Fryer Spicy Italian Sandwich
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These sandwiches have so many different flavors going on in each bite. With easy preparation, you won’t be able to find yourself without them anymore – trust me when I say these will soon become your new go-to meal from now until forevermore!!

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What is A Spicy Italian Sandwich?

It’s no secret that Italians know their way around the kitchen. And one of the best examples of their delicious cuisine is the spicy Italian sandwich.

This handheld masterpiece is packed with flavor and perfect for any occasion. Keep reading to learn more about this tasty treat!

Why You Will Love This Recipe!

You’ll love this Spicy Italian Sandwich recipe for several delicious reasons:

  • Bold and Savory Flavors: This sandwich is packed with a medley of savory and spicy flavors. Combining Italian cold cuts, spicy pepperoni, and tangy giardiniera creates a taste explosion that’s hard to resist.
  • Easy Preparation: Making this sandwich is a breeze. It requires minimal cooking and can be assembled quickly, making it a perfect option for a satisfying meal on busy days.
  • Customizable: You have the flexibility to customize the sandwich to your taste. Whether you prefer extra spice, more cheese, or additional veggies, you can tailor it to suit your cravings.
  • Hearty and Filling: The Spicy Italian Sandwich is loaded with layers of meat and cheese, making it a hearty and satisfying meal. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner when you’re craving something substantial.
  • Great for Gatherings: This sandwich is a crowd-pleaser and an excellent choice for parties, picnics, or game-day gatherings. You can prepare a large batch and cut it into smaller servings for sharing.
  • Perfect Balance of Textures: It offers a delightful balance of textures. The crispy bread, tender cold cuts, melted cheese, and crunchy giardiniera combine for a mouthwatering experience.
  • Versatile: While it’s a fantastic standalone sandwich, you can also enjoy it with a side of soup, salad, or chips for a complete meal.
  • Italian-Inspired Comfort Food: If you love Italian flavors, this sandwich will remind you of classic Italian subs with a spicy twist. It’s comfort food that’s both nostalgic and exciting.

Overall, this Spicy Italian Sandwich is a delicious and satisfying treat that’s quick to make and can be enjoyed on various occasions. Whether you’re a fan of bold flavors or simply looking for a tasty meal, it’s sure to become a favorite in your recipe repertoire.

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Spicy Italian Sandwich

These ingredients combine to create a mouthwatering, Spicy Italian Sandwich that’s both flavorful and satisfying.

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Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • Mayonnaise: Creamy mayonnaise adds a rich and tangy element to the sandwich, providing a smooth and flavorful base for the other ingredients.
  • Deli Ham: Deli ham is a classic cold cut that contributes a savory and slightly salty flavor to the sandwich. It’s a staple in Italian subs.
  • Spicy Salami: It adds heat to the sandwich, making it “spicy Italian.” It’s known for its bold and zesty flavor.
  • Capicollo: Capicolo, often referred to as capicola, is another Italian cold cut. It’s typically seasoned with herbs and spices, offering a savory and mildly spicy taste.
  • Provolone Cheese: Provolone cheese is a creamy and semi-hard cheese that melts beautifully. It adds a rich and slightly nutty flavor to the sandwich.
  • Spicy Banana Peppers: Spicy banana peppers provide heat and a tangy kick. They add a burst of flavor and a touch of spiciness to the sandwich.
  • Roasted Red Bell Peppers: Roasted red bell peppers offer a sweet and smoky flavor, complementing the spiciness of the other ingredients while adding a delightful roasted taste.
  • Sourdough Bread: Sourdough bread serves as the foundation of the sandwich. Its crusty exterior and soft interior provide the perfect texture to hold all the delicious fillings.

How To Make Spicy Italian Sandwich In Air Fryer

To make a Spicy Italian Sandwich in an air fryer, follow these steps:

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Start by spreading the may on the inside of each piece of bread. Then add a piece of Provolone cheese to the bottom, then add a couple of roasted red bell peppers, a couple of slices of ham, salami, capicola, and some banana peppers, then add a couple of pieces of provolone cheese on top.

Air Fryer Spicy Italian Sandwich

Butter the bottom of the bread, place it into the air fryer basket, place the sandwich into the air fryer basket, and then butter the top of the bread.

Set the temperature to 330 degrees F, air fryer setting, and air fry for 7 to 10 minutes, flipping the sandwich halfway during the cooking process.

Air Fryer Spicy Italian Sandwich

Ingredient Notes

  • Meat: You can use any traditional Italian cold cuts. Some of my favorites are salami, mortadella, capicola, soppressata, prosciutto, or even pepperoni slices. They would all make great additions to this sandwich.
  • Cheese: use any of your favorite cheese. Some great options are sliced mozzarella, gorgonzola, pecorino, or taleggio.
  • Seasonings: Add any of your favorite herbs into a small bowl with the mayo for added flavor. Some great options are garlic or onion powder, but you can also add hot sauce if you want your sandwich extra spicy.

Recipe Variations

Here are some recipe variations and customizations for your Air Fryer Spicy Italian Sandwich:

  • Vegetarian Version: If you prefer a vegetarian option, omit the deli ham, spicy salami, and capicollo. Load the sandwich with more cheese and your favorite roasted or grilled vegetables for a delicious veggie Italian sandwich.
  • Customized Spiciness: Adjust the level of spiciness to your taste by adding more or fewer spicy banana peppers. You can also experiment with different types of spicy peppers or hot sauces.
  • Condiment Choices: Switch up the condiments by using Dijon mustard, pesto, or Italian dressing instead of mayonnaise for added flavor.
  • Bread Varieties: While sourdough bread is traditional, you can use other types of bread like ciabatta, baguette, or Italian bread for a different texture and taste.
  • Add Fresh Herbs: Elevate the flavor by adding fresh basil, arugula, or spinach leaves to the sandwich for a burst of freshness and color.
  • Roasted Garlic: Roast garlic cloves in the air fryer and spread the creamy roasted garlic on the bread for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Extra Cheese: Experiment with mozzarella, cheddar, or provolone cheese varieties. You can never have too much cheese!
  • Meat Options: Feel free to substitute or mix and match the cold cuts. Try turkey, roast beef, or other deli meats for a unique twist.
  • Baking Instead: If you don’t have an air fryer, you can achieve similar results by baking the sandwich in a conventional oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and bake until the bread is crispy and the cheese is melted.
  • Serve with Chips: A classic pairing is serving your Spicy Italian Sandwich with a side of potato chips for that perfect crunch.

These variations allow you to customize your Spicy Italian Sandwich to suit your preferences and create a delicious and satisfying meal.

Air Fryer Spicy Italian Sandwich

Pro Tips

Here are some pro tips to make the perfect Air Fryer Spicy Italian Sandwich:

  • Preheat Your Air Fryer: Always preheat your air fryer before adding the sandwich. This ensures that the cooking temperature is consistent from the start, leading to even browning and crispiness.
  • Use Fresh Bread: Fresh bread is essential for a great sandwich. If possible, use bakery-fresh sourdough bread or your favorite Italian bread for the best flavor and texture.
  • Layer Ingredients Thoughtfully: Layering the ingredients evenly and thoughtfully helps distribute flavors and ensures every bite is delicious. Start with the meats and cheeses, followed by the peppers and other toppings.
  • Butter or Oil the Bread: For extra crispy and golden results, lightly brush the outside of the bread with olive oil or melted butter before air frying. This step adds a delightful crunch to the crust.
  • Monitor Cooking Time: Keep a close eye on the sandwich as it cooks. Cooking times can vary depending on the air fryer model and thickness of the sandwich. Flip the sandwich halfway through the cooking time to ensure both sides are evenly browned.
  • Don’t Overstuff: While it’s tempting to add plenty of ingredients, avoid overstuffing the sandwich. Too many fillings can make it difficult for the air to circulate, leading to uneven cooking.
  • Adjust Spiciness: If you’re concerned about the level of spiciness, start with a moderate amount of spicy peppers and taste before adding more. It’s easier to add heat than to tone it down once it’s too spicy.
  • Rest Before Cutting: Allow the sandwich to rest for a minute or two after air frying before cutting it. This helps the cheese set slightly and prevents it from oozing out when you slice it.
  • Serve Hot: Spicy Italian Sandwiches are best enjoyed hot and fresh from the air fryer. Serve them immediately to savor the crispy exterior and gooey melted cheese.
  • Pair with a Side: Complement your sandwich with a side salad, potato chips, or a pickle for a well-rounded meal.

By following these pro tips, you’ll create a Spicy Italian Sandwich in the air fryer that’s bursting with flavor, has a crispy crust, and is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

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Faq’s

Can I use different bread for this sandwich? Yes, you can use different types of bread for your Italian sandwich. While sourdough is traditional, you can choose from options like ciabatta, baguette, or Italian bread for variety.

Can I make this sandwich vegetarian? Absolutely! To make a vegetarian Italian sandwich, simply omit the deli ham, spicy salami, and capicollo. Load up your sandwich with more cheese and your favorite grilled or roasted vegetables.

Can I adjust the spiciness of the sandwich? Yes, you can adjust the level of spiciness to your preference. Add more or fewer spicy banana peppers, or try different types of hot peppers or hot sauces to suit your taste.

What can I substitute for mayonnaise? If you’re not a fan of mayonnaise, you can use other condiments like Dijon mustard, pesto, or Italian dressing to add flavor to your sandwich.

Can I bake this sandwich in a regular oven instead of an air fryer? Yes, you can bake the Italian sandwich in a conventional oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and bake until the bread is crispy and the cheese is melted, usually for about 10-15 minutes.

How do I prevent the sandwich from becoming soggy? To prevent sogginess, layer the ingredients thoughtfully, starting with the meats and cheeses and then adding the peppers and other toppings. Avoid overstuffing the sandwich, as this can trap moisture and lead to sogginess.

What are some side dishes that pair well with this sandwich? This sandwich pairs well with a variety of sides, including potato chips, coleslaw, a side salad, or even a pickle. Choose your favorite to complete your meal.

Can I customize the ingredients based on my preferences? Absolutely! You can customize the sandwich by adjusting the types of cold cuts, cheeses, and condiments to your liking. Get creative and make it your own.

How do I prevent the sandwich from sticking to the air fryer basket? Lightly brush the outside of the bread with olive oil or melted butter before air frying to prevent sticking and achieve a golden, crispy crust.

Can I make this sandwich ahead of time? While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the ingredients ahead of time and assemble the sandwich just before air frying to maintain its crispiness.

Air Fryer Spicy Italian Sandwich

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Air Fryer Spicy Italian Sandwich

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings

Description

Do you love Italian sandwiches? How about spicy ones? If so, you're going to love this air fryer recipe. It's easy to make and the end result is delicious. You'll love the taste of the salami, and cheese combined with the spices. So good!

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 pound deli-sliced ham
  • 1/4 pound sliced spicy salami
  • 1/4 poun spicy capocollo
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced banana peppers
  • 14 cup roasted red peppers
  • 4 pieces Sourdough Bread

Instructions

  • Start by spreading the may on the inside of each piece of bread. Then add a piece of Provolone cheese to the bottom, then add a couple of roasted red bell peppers, and a couple of slices of ham, salami, capicollo, and some banana peppers, then add a couple of pieces of provolone cheese on top.
  • Butter the bottom of the bread, place it into the air fryer basket, place the sandwich into the air fryer basket, and then butter the top of the bread. Set the temperature to 330 degrees F, air fryer setting, and air fry for 7 to 10 minutes, flipping the sandwich halfway during the cooking process.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Cooking Spray
  • Parchment Paper, optional

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 1202kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 53gFat: 94gSaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 30gMonounsaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 16295mgPotassium: 1965mgFiber: 12gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 5854IUVitamin C: 469mgCalcium: 995mgIron: 10mg

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