Being a Top Chef contestant can be grueling and exhausting and crazy fun. When we're all wiped out from nonstop competition, we do what we do best: eat good food. Some of my most memorable meals with those talented chefs involved banh mi, traditional Vietnamese sandwiches that layer cured meats, sausages, and pickled vegetables in small, soft versions of French baguettes. I love anything with pickles and fresh cilantro! I've put those flavors in a burger patty here and sandwiched them in my favorite French roll: buttery brioche. The rich bread makes all the difference, as does high-quality pork.
These Italian roast pork sandwiches boast tender, slightly spicy broccoli rabe and sharp, melty provolone cheese.
Roasting mushrooms gives them a great, meaty texture that is perfect for this grilled cheese sandwich. This takes more time, but – trust us – the flavor is far more intense.