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Restaurant-Style Deli Subs

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I LOVE having and attending simple comfortable parties, either at my house or at friends’ houses, where you can show up as you are and you don’t have to worry about anyone judging you! Simple, relaxed and fun! 😀

And one of my favorite things to bring to a casual party is subs! Be it a 6 foot long monster submarine cut in half to fit in the car, or smaller assorted ones to slice up, homemade subs are always a huge hit!  They travel extremely well, and you can slice them any way you like! 2-3″ wide slices are super fun for a party and easy for guests to manage! 😉 

Anyone that says that they simply don’t have time to make anything should be able to handle this with zero trouble at all. There’s no need to order subs from your local grocery store or corner deli when you have to go there anyway to pick them up. Purchase the ingredients of choice from the store and simply make them at home! SO much cheaper this way and you get to pile them any way that you like! 😉   

 I like mine loaded with BOTH cheeses, red onions and my “salad” dressed. I have to leave off the swiss, onions and “dressing” for the hubs, though, (as pictured above), but that’s the fun of it! Especially when making 5-6″ long ones. You can customize each one a bit and let guests pick a slice or two of their favorite combination! 

What I like most about taking these to other people’s houses is, that you just simply need to wrap them and bring a serving platter. Nothing will spill on your car, and you don’t have to worry about keeping anything hot or messing up the hostess’s plans nor food arrangements by requiring an outlet, either. You just unwrap, slice and set out. No mess, no fuss, and nothing to “finish up” or tend to. Done. Wa-lah! 😀  

The one I have provided is just a basic guide of what we prefer, but you can use any deli-style meats you like such as genoa or sopressata salami, capicola, corned beef or pastrami, roast pork, roast chicken, prosciutto, pepperoni and bacon! Even add a few cold cuts if you like such as Old-Fashioned Loaf, Garlic Bologna, Cotto Salami, and/or Olive and Pimento Loaf! 

Cheeses are of course just as versatile and can include sharp cheddar, white cheddar, American, provolone, havarti, hot pepper cheese, feta, mozzarella, brick, muenster, colby, gouda, monterey jack, and fontina!

Besides a lettuce “salad”, fresh tomatoes, red onions and black olives, you can also add green pimiento-stuffed olives, hot cherry or pepperoncini peppers, sun-dried or roasted tomatoes, green peppers or roasted peppers, jarred giardiniera mix, fresh basil or spinach leaves, shredded carrots, muffaletta olive salad, pickled jalapeños, hard-boiled egg slices, thinly sliced cucumbers, avocado slices, thinly sliced or grated radishes, fresh sliced mushrooms, and green onions and chives just to mention a few to get your own creative juices flowing!  

You can do shredded lettuce, dressed or naked!, or you can go with a coleslaw if preferred instead! Just make sure that the slaw isn’t too wet so that it doesn’t make the bread soggy. Nothing worse than a wet, soggy bottom! Ha! 😉 

You can season up the mayo, too, if you’d like with mustard, honey, fresh herbs, sharp grated cheese such as asiago, parmesan or Romano, or flavor with pesto, garlic, minced pepper, or Ranch. Not a big fan of mayo period? That’s ok, too. You can always simply use a nice mustard instead such as regular table mustard, hot mustard, dijon, spicy brown or whole grain! 😀 You can even add a little of your favorite salad dressing instead, too, such as Ranch, Blue Cheese, Italian, a favorite vinaigrette, Thousand Island,  or French!

Prefer yours to be warmed a little? Just wrap in foil and pop into the oven and heat through at 350 degrees! 

So I hope that all these ideas convince you that, yes, you can make a VERY nice contribution to a party homemade, and really have a ton of fun while doing it, too! 😀 

Why pay WAY more than we have to, just to have someone else take minutes to make, right? 😀 Subs are easy and always appreciated no matter what party you go to. Sliced into small slices, they disappear fast because it makes them so easy to pick up and eat, too. You and your guests will fall in love all over again with the still ever popular submarine sandwich! 😀 

Enjoy all, and I hope this helps you out the next time you need to make something delicious that’s quick, easy and everyone enjoys! Take care all and I’ll see you tomorrow! 😀 ~Kelly



Restaurant-Style Deli Subs
Yield: 4 subs

Restaurant-Style Deli Subs


  • 4 (5-6") sub or hoagie rolls, split open
  • 5 cups shredded lettuce
  • 3 Tbl. EVOO
  • 1 1/2 Tbl. red wine vinegar
  • pinch each salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. dried italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. finely minced garlic
  • 1/16 tsp. onion powder
  • 12 thin slices tomato
  • 4 thin slices red onion, rings separated
  • 12 thin slices quality deli roast beef
  • 12 thin slices quality deli roast turkey
  • 12 thin slices quality deli roast ham
  • 8 nice slices co-jack cheese
  • 4 slices swiss or provolone cheese
  • 1 cup sliced ripe olives
  • real mayo (6-8 Tbl., to taste)
  • fresh cracked black pepper


  • With serrated bread knife, slice open sub or hoagie rolls.
  • In medium bowl, whisk together EVOO, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, italian seasoning and garlic. Add shredded lettuce and toss well to lightly coat.
  • Pile lettuce onto bottom halves of rolls.Top with slices of tomato and red onion.
  • Top each evenly with slices of meats, then cheeses, folding and scrunching meats a little.
  • Top with sliced black olives. (Green pimiento-stuffed olives can also be added if preferred.)
  • Spread inside of top buns with real heavy mayo. Crack black pepper over mayo to taste. Place lid on top and wrap sandwich tightly with plastic wrap and chill for about 30 minutes for best flavor.
  • Slice in half at an angle for a full-meal serving, or slice into 2-3" wide slices for a party.


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    Chino Chulageorge

    Sunday 20th of March 2016

    This one sounds good, but the best restaurant sandwich is Romano's Hoagies. The good old days in "da Region".


    Sunday 20th of March 2016

    OMG!!! I know exactly where you're talking about! It was right near a golf course, and we used to get their ham and cheese ones! I did also figure out that one years ago after we moved, HAD to have one, lol!!! I'll have to share that one SOON!!! Thanks so much for the reminder, fond memories, and I totally agree with you!! :D Thanks for stopping by, Chino! :D

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