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Rachael gets extra points for these game day subs layered with roast beef, pepperoni, peppers, provolone, roasted broccolini + giardiniera relish.  

It's almost time for the big game, and Rach says that even though her and John's fave team, the Jets, might have had it rough this year, they can always look forward to a "good, hearty football-food type of meal" while watching the big game. These heroes—a mash up of a broccoli rabe stuffed bread she makes and a roast beef, provolone and pepperoni sub from a deli near her upstate New York home—fit the bill!  

For more game day recipes, check out Mac 'n Cheese Tacos and Chicken Wings


For the Broccolini:  
  • 3 bunches broccolini, trimmed on ends
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced  
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 fresh red chili pepper (red finger or Fresno), thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup EVOO  
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ lemon   
For the Sweet and Hot Peppers:  
  • 2 red frying peppers or field peppers  
  • 3 Cubanelle peppers  
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO  
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano 
  • ¾ cup hot pickled cherry pepper rings and 3 tablespoons of their vinegar brine  
  • ½ cup beef or chicken stock
For the Hero Sandwiches: 
  • 1 jar giardiniera, drained   
  • 2 pounds sliced roast beef  
  • 1 pound slicing pepperoni or sliced hot ham (coppa  or capicola)
  • 1 pound sliced provolone  
  • Six 12-inch hero rolls or 3 loaves of Italian bread (24 inches) halved, hinge the rolls


Serves: 6


For the broccolini, preheat oven to 450°F, with rack at center of oven. Cover a pan with foil and parchment paper.  

Arrange broccolini on pan with shallots, garlic and red chili pepper, then coat with about ¼ cup EVOO and season with salt and pepper. Add lemon to pan and roast 20 to 25 minutes until crispy at edges and tender.  

For the peppers, halve and seed the mild/sweet peppers and slice ¼- to ½-inch thick.  

Heat a large skillet with EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat.

Rachael Ray 14-Inch Frying Pan with Helper Handle

Rachael Ray 14-Inch Frying Pan with Helper Handle

Add peppers and season with salt, pepper and oregano. Cook to tender-crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Add hot cherry pepper rings and their juice. Add stock and keep warm on low.  

For the sandwiches, pulse-process the giardiniera in a food processor into a relish.    

Turn on broiler and line a large pan with foil and parchment.    

Arrange hinged sub rolls on the pan and top with broccolini, beef, pepperoni or hot ham, peppers and cheese. Broil until cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes, then top with giardiniera and serve.