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MAKES 4 SANDWICHES

How to Make It

Step 1

In a bowl, combine the onion, jalapeño, bell pepper, cilantro, olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Spread 2 tablespoons of the fresh onion relish on each kaiser roll half.

Step 2

Set a large skillet over moderate heat and coat with a thin layer of vegetable oil. Place 2 roll halves in the skillet, relish side up, and top each with 2 mozzarella slices, 4 pork slices and 2 more mozzarella slices. Reduce the heat to low and cover each sandwich with another roll half, relish side down. Weight down the sandwiches with a medium skillet and cook until the bottoms are toasted and the bottom layer of cheese has melted, about 4 minutes. Turn the sandwiches, add a little more oil to the skillet and brown the second sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer to plates and repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 2 more sandwiches.

Step 3

Wine Recommendation: The cranked-up flavors in this sandwich--smoky cheese, roast pork, onion and cilantro--call for a simple fruity-but-dry rosé or blush wine to play background. Top choices: the 1996 De Loach White Zinfandel and the 1996 Sanford Pinot Noir Vin Gris, both from California.

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