Broccolini And Red Pepper Sandwich with Sriracha Aioli

When I was working at my last job, I started out as a vegetarian.  This was weird because my last position was at a very meat-centric business, I mean meat was in their name.  It was hard to eat something other than fries when I went to work, so I had to start getting creative.

My creativity reigned from some bomb egg sandwiches to taking what was on the menu and switching it up a bit.

I’m glad that I finally started eating meat when I was there because I don’t think that I would be able to grow as much as I can now.

But I still go back to the days that I was making something out of nothing.

Vegetarian sandwiches are usually boring and ho-hum.  I mean, yes I can have a piece of bread with a lot of raw veggies on it, but what if I want something more?

I want a good sauce, cheese, and preferably something hot and steamy.  I don’t know why, but hot sandwiches taste better.

Broccolini is definitely an underused ingredient.  It is sweeter than broccoli and has an earthy taste.  And when cooked right, it has a slight crunch which is something that I really like having in my sandwich.

I pair it with the slightly sweet red bell pepper to have an explosion of flavors.

The two pair nicely together and work to create an earthy sweet filling.

I top the filling with a nice smoked provolone and top it off with a spicy aioli.

Broccolini and Red Pepper Sandwich


Published 02/20/2017


  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 lbs broccolini
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers Sliced
  • 1 tbs oregano
  • 1/2 tbs thyme
  • 1/2 tbs basil
  • 1 tbs cajun seasoning
  • 2 french bread sandwich rolls
  • Smear of aioli (see next recipe)
  • 2 slices smoked provolone


  1. In a medium cast iron skillet heat oil, add broccolini and cook for about 4 minutes
  2. Add seasoning and bell pepper and cook until bell pepper is soft (5-8 minutes)
  3. Place slices of provolone on top and melt
  4. Smear aioli on the bottom and top with the filling

Sriracha Aioli


Published 02/20/2017


  • 2 tbs mayonaise
  • 1/2 tbs sriracha
  • 1/4 tsp ketchup
  • 1/2 tbs apple cider vinegar


  • Whisk all ingredients together

Although this is a vegetarian meal, the amount of flavor it gives you is just amazing.  Perfect for your lunch or dinner.

Do you have a favorite sandwich?