What makes the New York Hero different from all the rest?
Hello New York!
Football season is back and the New York Jets have the season's first night game! I want to create an authentic New York Italian Hero (or Grinder) for the game.
So what makes New York's Italian sandwiches different from Philly or other places? Please, I'm not looking for a list of your favorite sandwich shops, I want to discuss the construction of the New York Hero with some things like:
1. Bread - ultra-crusty and chewy, or a little bit softer inside like Philadelphia?
2. Condiments - just olive oil, or add vinegar too? Mayo? Spicy relish? What do you like?
3. Mozzarella or provolone?
4. What kind of meats are essential? Ham, capicola, proscuitto - what's the best combination?
5. Veggies - yes or no? Roasted pepper, spicy peppers, lettuce, tomato?
Alright, New York, can you guys help me out? Talk to me about the ultimate New York Hero.
This will no doubt turn into a laundry list of personal likes and dislikes. And there will probably be several digressions about Jets vs Giants (with a few disparaging comments thrown back and forth) .
I'll lay down this one rule, which I *think* is absolute. An Italian sub/hero/grinder/hoagie should never EVER be made with mayo. Otherwise it becomes something else. Something less.
My personal feelings are that proscuitto is a waste on a sandwich with so many other things going on. Also that roasted red peppers destroy everything they touch. Provolone. Lettuce. Tomato.
Oh, and you forgot thinly sliced (red) onions, and salt and pepper.
Go Eagles! ;-)
...then they'll ask you back "a 1/3rd or 1/2 on that hero"?
Defontes has a nice variation on the theme in that they put their 'hot salad' on the hero- it's sort of a giardinera that's not pickled, it's more like, well, a vinegary salad, with the hot pepper flakes sprinkled in there. The Nicky's Special is pretty damn good- it's the third best sandwich they make.
It's crusty semolina bread, that's important. Good fresh cut deli meats-salami (hard or Genoa, never cotto), pepperoni, and capicola or good ham, plus imported provolone. Lettuce, tomato, onion. Oil & vinegar, salt & pepper, maybe a little Italian seasoning.
No Swiss or fancy flavored oils. No roasted reds. If you gotta have peppers, you got your sliced banana peppers or chopped cherry pepper relish.
And yeah, a hero is a hero. You got a problem with that?