Delicious, easy, Italian Sandwich Torte: perfect for brunch or a weeknight dinner! Layers of lunchmeat, cheese, and veggies for a tasty meal!
Is it wrong to have a sandwich for dinner? Good, I didn’t think so either.
The best part of this torte is that it can be eaten warm, cold, or room temperature. The first time I made it, we ate it for dinner.
By the time we all got to the table it had reached room temperature. We loved it this way!
Then, I made it again for an Italian Brunch, served warm. I also added a layer of spinach at the top that second time and thought it was even better that way.
The spinach taste takes a back seat to all the cheese and meat but it added a freshness to the sandwich that I appreciated (plus allowed me to sneak an extra serving of veggies into the meal!).
This recipe was inspired by my mom’s recipe for Italian bites. She usually baked those in a 13×9 but I adapted it for my springform pan instead to create an Italian Torte.
Make it the next time you have company for brunch, lunch or dinner. Just don’t wait too long! You need this torte recipe in your life. It’s so good and easy!
What is Italian brunch torte?
When you hear “torte” your mind probably jumps to “cake.”
A torte, or torta, can also be a savory dish served any time of day. Italian torte sandwiches include slices of deli meat layered with cheese and baked between layers of pastry dough.
You cut the torte into slices before serving, and the individual portions resemble something like a cross between a sandwich and a savory pie.
I’ve seen Italian brunch tortes include everything from just salami and cheese, to all kinds of meats, tomatoes, mushrooms and olives.
I love this simple version with salami, ham, two kinds of cheese and a layer of greens on top! Add some roasted peppers for smokiness and you have a delectable main dish perfect for any meal of the day.
What you’ll Need
If I do say so myself, this torte is beautiful and looks impressive, like you spent hours fussing over it in the kitchen! Truth be told, it’s remarkably simple to make.
Here’s what I used in this Italian Brunch torte:
- Crescent roll dough
- Deli ham and salami
- Provolone and parmesan cheese
- Jarred roasted red peppers, drained
- Fresh spinach (optional but recomended!)
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How to Make Italian Sandwich Torte
STEP 1. Unroll one package of crescent rolls and line the bottom of a Springform Pan.
STEP 2. Cover roll with half of the spinach, salami, provolone and ham. In a small bowl, lightly beat together 6 eggs and parmesan cheese. Pour half evenly over top of ham.
Top with half of the roasted red peppers. Repeat layering with remaining spinach, salami, cheese, ham and egg mixture, then peppers. Top with remaining package of crescent rolls.
STEP 3. Lightly beat remaining egg and brush over top. Cover with foil, bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for about 10 minutes.
Run knife around edge of pan, remove springform pan. Cool for 30-60 minutes before slicing.
Tips and Tricks for Italian Torte
- This can also be made in a 13×9, following the same directions.
- You can also experiment with other deli meats in this recipe. Feel free to use all salami or all ham, or try turkey as an alternative.
- Use a basting brush to spread the egg evenly over the top layer of crescent dough. It gives the baked torte a beautiful finish!
What to serve at an Italian Brunch
This torte sandwich was a delicious centerpiece to our Italian brunch!
Because it’s also delicious served cold, you can bring this as a dish to share at a brunch potluck or other gathering. Transport it whole, then slice just before serving!
How to reheat
If you want to reheat this torte before serving, you can place it in an oven at 300 degrees, just until heated through.
However, we liked it just as much at room temperature, so heating it is really not necessary.
How to store
Store this torte covered at room temperature or in the fridge, until ready to serve. It’ll keep well for up to 3 days.
You can even put leftover slices in tupperware containers as an easy lunch option for school or the office!
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