Every once and a while Nicole and I just get in these moods where we just want some good ole fashioned hearty meals that is truly inspired by the area around us. This is a perfect example of a dish that represents the Italian Philadelphia community: bright and intense flavors. This is what we love, food that holds no bounds.
I know as all of you who are not from Philly are probably thinking “Hey how is this represents Philly if it is not a cheese steak?” True there is a lot of cheese steaks here but the hidden gems are the roast pork sandwiches with the broccoli rabe and the long hots with the sharpest of cheeses. My favorite is DiNic’s which appears to be most of city’s favorite as well. It becomes apparent when you try to get one of these golden sandwiches during the lunch rush and the line is wrapped around their little stand in Reading Terminal Market. The problem is you cant show up early because there is something missing because the pork hasn’t been marinating for the entirety of the day and if you show up late they most likely will be out. It’s a tricky balance to find the sweet spot of minimal lines and maximum amount of marinating time which I have yet to perfect. When we made this dish we wanted to create a vegetarian option that fully represented the flavors of this glorious sandwich. If your’e really craving roast pork feel free to add it to this, I’m sure you won’t regret it.
This was a lunch snack for us to satisfy our craving for the intense flavors found in one of our favorite sandwiches. It was also a fun project to work on. To us, trying to mix and match flavors to recreate something wonderful is a fun puzzle. Let us know how close we are or just enjoy a good snack.