This baked Italian Hoagie recipe is the perfect crowd-pleasing main dish. They're crazy-easy to put together and bake up just right!
Italian Hoagie Recipe
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Around here, a popular type of submarine sandwich is an Italian Sub. It's typically made with salami, capicola hot ham and sometimes ham. This popular sandwich, also called a hero, a grinder sandwich or a hoagie in some parts, is a mainstay on the menu of every sub shop.
I've grown up loving these sandwiches. But for this recipe, I wanted to make them hot, because melty cheese is always a good idea! So I got rid of the all the items that can become soggy when heated (like lettuce and tomatoes!) and stuck with the basics. These are seriously quick and easy to throw together and would be a total hit at any game day or casual social gathering!
Tips for making an Italian sub sandwich
- Slice 6 hero rolls length-wise but don't slice all the way through. You want the halves in tact so they can cradle the sandwich ingredients.
- Before filling the buns, bake them for 5 minutes to very lightly toast the buns.
- Once the rolls come out of the oven, start by layering 3 folded slices of capicola onto the bottom bun, then 3 folded slices of salami, banana peppers and finally provolone cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the sandwiches are hot and the cheese is melted and serve immediately!
Frequently asked questions about making this Italian sandwich recipe
- What is in a classic Italian sub sandwich? Everyone has a different way of dressing their Italian sub. I personally like mine with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, a little mayo and some oil (which is a sauce similar to Italian dressing that is used on these subs). Some people throw on onions and even more hot peppers as well.
- What is the difference between a sub and a grinder? The difference between these sandwiches is actually more about where you live than what's on them. Layer some meat, cheese, toppings and dressing on an long Italian style roll, and you've got yourself a sub, hero, grinder, hoagie, blimpie...the list can go on.
- Where does the name sub come from? Originally a sub was named for navy shipyard workers and the submarines these sandwiches resembled. The term grinder is thought to have originated from the amount of grinding, or chewing, it took to eat one.
- How do you serve hoagies? I like to serve them with some Italian dressing for dipping, but you can also add fresh ingredients onto the sandwiches after they're done baking if you'd like, like lettuce and tomato.
- How long do hoagies last? These are best served right away, hot out of the oven. But they will last for up to 4 days cooled and covered in the refrigerator.
- How do you reheat hoagies? These are best reheated in the oven but can also be reheated in the microwave.
Make it a meal!
A few great recipes to round out and complete this meal would be:
Baked Italian Hoagie recipe
- 6 hero rolls sliced length-wise but leaving both sidesof the roll attached to each other.
- 18 slices capicola hot ham
- 18 slices salami
- 1 cup banana peppers sliced
- 6 slices provolone cheese
- Italian dressing for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the rolls into a 9" x 13" baking pan, open-side up.
- Bake the rolls for 5 minutes and remove from oven.
- Place 3 folded slices of capicola hot ham onto the bottom of each roll.
- Add a layer of 3 folded pieces of salami onto the sandwiches.
- Divide the sliced banana peppers between the 6 sandwiches.
- Fold each slice of provolone cheese in half to break into two pieces and place on top of the banana peppers.
- Return the pan to the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Serve immediately with Italian dressing.
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