I'm originally an east coast girl and I soon found out after moving to California that they just don't make a lot of things the same here. I have found that for several of my favorite things (Italian hoagies, steak and cheese subs, crab cakes, pizza...) that I just have to make them myself. So here's my "east coast girl" version of an Italian Hoagie Sandwich.
Before I list the ingredients I have to mention that the roll is very important and really makes this sandwich. You can use any sandwich roll that you like, but in my opinion this particular roll is the best, outside of baking your own. So the roll I use is actually from Safeway, can be found in their bakery, and is called "Filone." I get the 'plain' filone.
I'd also like to mention that the amounts of meat/vegetables that I list here are approximately what you would want to use. Of course, put as much meat or as little as you wish. We all have our own preferences. :)
2 Filone rolls
1/4 lb. of your favorite ham, sliced thin
1/4 lb. mortadella, sliced thin
1/4 lb. sopressata salami, sliced thin
4 slices provolone cheese
1 tomato, sliced
4-6 leaves romaine lettuce, chopped or shredded
3-4 slices red onion
2 Tbsp. pepperoncinis
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. dried Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. crushed red peppers
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Slice rolls in half lengthwise.
Drizzle one half of each roll with olive oil and then sprinkle with Italian seasoning and crushed red peppers. Then put the half that you did not put anything on and lay it on top of the half that you did. Gently rub the two halves together to incorporate the seasoning on both halves.
Begin layering your meats and cheese. One thing you don't want to do is just lay the meat on the roll flat--fold the meat over--it gives more volume to the sandwich.
Begin adding your vegetables.
When you are finished adding everything to the sandwich, sprinkle salt and pepper over the veggies, put the other half of roll on top, place some toothpicks through the sandwich to hold it together, and then cut into serving sizes.
That's it! I promise you'll love these sandwiches. There is so much flavor in every single bite.
Until next time...
Lady by the Bay