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Sirenuse Style "Tramezzino"

  • 15 minutes
  • Easy
  • Appetizers
Enjoy an Italian tea sandwich made with pecorino, olives and mâche.

Ingredients: Per 4 servings

  • 8 slices sandwich bread
  • 3 oz mayonnaise
  • 5 oz Pecorino cheese, fresh, in slivers
  • 20 pitted olives
  • 30 leaves of mâche (lamb’s lettuce)


Cut off the crust from the bread slices. Spread mayonnaise on half the slices. 

Arrange mâche leaves on the bread without mayonnaise. Thinly slice the pecorino and place it on top of the mâche. Cut the olives in half and place them on top of the pecorino.

Cover with the mayonnaise-covered bread and cut sandwiches in half. Serve immediately, or cover with a damp kitchen towel until ready to serve.

Food History

The sandwich, or panino in Italian, has become a hallmark of the modern diet because it can be eaten quickly, on-the-go, while at the same time include quality ingredients. Sandwiches, however, date back thousands of years. The roads of ancient Rome were filled with kiosks that sold delicacies called panis ac perna, non other than sandwiches stuffed with a ham cooked in the water of dried figs. The ancient Romans would eat these sandwiches, the ancestors for fast food, while walking through the city.

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