It really seemed to be very Thai in origin. Did she get to approve the dish? Was it her favorite do you know?
Also, my aunt gave me a recipe for a "smashed Italian sandwich". Its my favorite!! So... here it is.
Smashing this sandwich together really enhances the flavor of this sandwich!
I think it serves about 6-7 people
1 large flat loaf Italian type bread (you can sub many breads)
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup prepared black-olive paste
8 ounces fresh goat cheese (feta or the like will also do
8 ounces marinated artichokes
6 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
1/4 pound peppered
salami, thinly sliced
2 1/4 cups loosely packed mixed fresh herbs, such as basil, cilantro, or parsley
Heat a grill or grill pan to hot; alternatively, heat the broiler. Cook peppers until completely charred, turning frequently so all sides cook evenly, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Place peppers in a deep bowl, and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Set bowl aside until the skins loosen and the peppers are cool enough to handle. This step is completely optionl: Using your hands, rub off the charred skin, rinsing your hands frequently under cold running water. Slice peppers in half, and remove the seeds and stems. Cut into 1-inch-wide strips. Persoanlly I like the seeds in there. :)
In a medium bowl, combine the mustard and vinegar. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Whisk in 2 tablespoons warm water. Whisk in salt and pepper to taste, and set the vinaigrette aside.
Slice the loaf of bread lengthwise. Spread the olive paste on the bottom crust, and add the pepper strips. Crumble the goat cheese on top of peppers. Arrange artichokes over goat cheese. Drizzle half of the reserved vinaigrette on top. Arrange prosciutto and salami over artichokes. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette. Scatter herbs all over meats. Place the top crust on sandwich.
This step is also optional, but I really prefer it this way:
Wrap the sandwich with plastic wrap. Set a heavy weight like as a brick or large cast-iron skillet on top for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve, slice DA sandwich! :D
If you try this.... Im thinking it will be better than marriage!!