AuthorLauren MelaneyCategorySandwichesDifficultyBeginner

Italian Sub Sandwich

Yields1 Serving

 2 tbsp mayonnaise or to taste
 2 oz provolone cheese
 2 oz ham
 2 oz mortadella
 2 oz Genoa salami
 2 oz capicola
 1.50 cups romaine lettuce shredded
 2 large tomatoes thickly sliced
 0.50 small red onion thinly sliced
 2 tbsp Italian dressing
 0.25 cup pickled peppers or banana peppers
 2 large sub rolls

Ingredients

 2 tbsp mayonnaise or to taste
 2 oz provolone cheese
 2 oz ham
 2 oz mortadella
 2 oz Genoa salami
 2 oz capicola
 1.50 cups romaine lettuce shredded
 2 large tomatoes thickly sliced
 0.50 small red onion thinly sliced
 2 tbsp Italian dressing
 0.25 cup pickled peppers or banana peppers
 2 large sub rolls

Directions

Italian Sub Sandwich

How can you deny yourself the pleasure of eating an amazing and delicious Italian sub? As you see, today we’re going to talk and learn how to prepare an Italian sub sandwich.

Italian dockworkers, who worked from dawn to dusk at American shipyards, came up with fully loaded submarine sandwiches. Today, in various modifications and under different names (“hoagie”, “hero”, “grinder”, “torpedo”, “rocket”, “zeppelin”) this miracle of Italian cuisine has spread all over America.

What’s On An Italian Sub?

Wonderful meats: capicola, salami, pepperoni, mortadella and cheeses: provolone and mozzarella – are the most common ingredients of Italian sandwiches. Italian cuisine is also rich in juicy vegetables. It is very easy to create an atmosphere of Italy in your kitchen, preparing a sandwich in the Italian style.

The Best Bread To Use

Sub Roll

The main point here is to use bread that will hold all the ingredients without letting them fall apart. We suggest sub rolls, hoagie rolls, or dense sourdough bread.

How To Make an Italian Sub

They are easy to make. Moreover, you can prepare Italian subs in advance and keep them in the refrigerator for a time (2-3 days). Just be sure that you put your vegetables in the middle of the sub, so your rolls would not get soggy.

Step-by-step instruction on how to make an Italian sub sandwich:

  1. Prepare your meats and cheese.
  2. Cut the rolls lengthwise, without cutting to the end. Remove inner breading from the top half of the loaf.
  3. Put half of the salad on one of the sides, half of the chopped tomatoes on the salad.

Grease a little mayonnaise or any other dressing you like and put onion rings on the mayonnaise.

  1. Put the meats and cheese. Drizzle with Italian vinaigrette.
  2. Put the remaining tomatoes, onions on the meat and add mayonnaise.
  3. Cover with a layer of lettuce and lightly squeeze the sandwich in your hands.
  4. You can serve it whole or cut it into smaller pieces.

Also, we recommend you to make your Italian sub sandwiches in advance and put them in the fridge for an hour, so the ingredients would meld and your subs would get an incomparable and delicious taste!

 

Delicious Sub Toppings

Sub Sandwich Toppings

The recipe above is optional. You can create your sub with any type of topping you want and make your unique Italian sub sandwich!

Veggies – sandwich would not be so interesting if it didn’t have so many delicious fillings. Fresh vegetables are an excuse to go to your local agricultural market.

  • Crispy cucumbers
  • Green bell pepper
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Green salad
  • Red onion
  • Juicy red tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce or prepared coleslaw
  • Fresh spinach, sliced avocado
  • Thinly sliced/roasted zucchini, mushrooms, onions, eggplant
  • Black olives
  • Pepperoncini, pickles or banana peppers

Cheeses –  probably the most basic part of any sandwich. If you want to add more cheese, do it!

  • Mozzarella
  • Provolone

Italian Smoked Meat

Meats – the main product of the sub (except for vegetarian options) is meat. There are many varieties of cold cuts from which you can choose:

  • Genoa salami
  • Capicola
  • Mortadella
  • Pepperoni
  • Soppressata
  • Parma cotto
  • Cured ham

Condiments:

  • Stone Ground Mustard
  • Spicy mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pickle relish

Sauces – also you will need some wonderful sauces. Add just one or try a combination of many – the choice is yours. Do not forget about salt and pepper, along with the sauce to your taste. Sauces to choose from:

  • Giardiniera
  • Calabrian chile
  • Red wine vinaigrette
  • Aioli
  • Pesto
  • Balsamic

 

Tips and Tricks for Packing This Sandwich

Foil, Greaseproof paper and Food wrap

Today you can buy plastic sandwich boxes, but we are worried that they may not be large enough to accommodate your huge subs. Besides, there’s something nice about unwrapping a sandwich.

Foil

Classic and reliable. Try not to use too much, fold it tightly and make sure that it does not come into contact with sharp objects (such as keys) in the bag.

Greaseproof paper

Also a great way of sandwich packaging. As with the foil, try not to use too much, fold tightly and secure with a rope.

Food wrap

Unpleasant way of wrapping your sandwich. Because your sandwich gets soggy. We suggest avoiding it.

 

FAQ

What is an Italian sub made of?

The classic Italian sub sandwich consists of four ingredients: meats, cheese, veggies and sauce.

Is a sub sandwich Italian?

Italian dockworkers, who worked from dawn to dusk at American shipyards, came up with fully loaded submarine sandwiches.

What is the difference between American and Italian sub?

The main difference between these two sandwiches is the products in them. Italian sub has meats and cheeses from Italy, while the American sub has American cheeses and meats.

What’s the difference between a hoagie and a sub sandwich?

There are a lot of versions of how the Hoagie got its name. According to one version, the term hoagie was created by sandwich-shop owner Al De Palma. He called his submarine sandwiches “ hoggies” because you “had to be a hog” to eat a sandwich that big. Then through time “ hoggies” became “hoagies”. So “hoagie” is just a regional term for an Italian sub sandwich.

 

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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 833
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 55g85%
Saturated Fat 18g90%
Cholesterol 11.5mg4%
Sodium 2877mg120%
Potassium 773mg23%
Total Carbohydrate 46g16%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 11g
Protein 42g84%

Vitamin A 21.7%
Vitamin C 31.8%
Calcium 46.7%
Iron 10.8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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