Toasted Healthy Hero

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Lighter, Quicker, Better: Cooking for the Way We Eat Today

Lighter, Quicker, Better

By Richard Sax and Marie Simmons

Published 2000

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This is a far cry from the mile-long Italian hero, piled high with fatty, salt-cured meats and cheeses and oily dressing But the fun of eating a hero is still there. We’ve used lowfat smoked turkey and mozzarella with fresh vegetables and marinated mushrooms.


Marinated Mushrooms

  • 1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ garlic clove, crushed
  • Pinch dried oregano
  • Pinch salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup trimmed arugula leaves
  • 1 long loaf (12 inches) French baguette or Italian hero bread, split lengthwise, soft inside of top half pulled out, bottom half reserved for another use
  • 6 to 8 thin slices turkey breast, preferably smoked (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 medium-size ripe tomato or 2 plum tomatoes, cored and sliced
  • 1 medium green or red (bell) pepper, stem and seeds removed, sliced in thin rings
  • 2 ounces part-skim mozzarella, coarsely shredded


    • Combine the mushrooms, vinegar, oil, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, stirring to blend. Let stand for 10 minutes. Add the arugula and toss to combine.
    • Preheat the broiler. Spoon the mushroom and arugula mixture into the top half of the loaf of bread. Fold the slices of turkey to fit the bread and arrange them, overlapping slightly, over the mushroom-arugula mixture. Top with a row of overlapping tomato slices; place a row of overlapping pepper rings on top. Sprinkle with the mozzarella.
    • Broil just until the cheese has melted. Cut the hero in half crosswise and serve warm with a knife and fork.