Prep: 45 minutes Total time : 3 hours 30 minutes +overnight resting Makes 8 subs
Pork:12 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1-1/2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 4-pound boneless pork shoulder roast
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
20 ounces baby spinach
8 hero rolls, split
3/4 pound sliced provolone
1 cup jarred Peppadew peppers or sweet pickled Italian cherry peppers, chopped
1 . Preheat the oven to 300°. In a small bowl, combine the garlic with the rosemary, thyme, oregano, fennel seeds, crushed red pepper and salt; stir in the olive oil. Rub the mixture all over the pork. Set the pork in a large, enameled cast-iron casserole and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Roast in the oven for about 2 1/2 hours, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 180°. Let cool, then wrap the pork in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
2 . Preheat the oven to 450°. In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper and cook over high heat until golden, 1 minute. Add the spinach in large handfuls and cook, stirring, until wilted, 3 minutes. Season the spinach with salt and transfer to a colander. Let cool slightly, then squeeze out the excess water.
3 . Slice the cold pork very thinly, then let come to room temperature. Arrange the rolls on 2 baking sheets and mound the spinach on the bottom halves; layer the provolone on the top halves. Bake for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Pile the sliced pork on the rolls and top with the pickled peppers. Close the sandwiches and serve right away.
Make ahead the roasted pork can be refrigerated for up to 3 days before slicing.
Suggested Pairing:This tender pork calls for a rich red wine with smooth tannins, such as a Washington state Syrah.