To make a sub sandwich, also commonly known as a hoagie, first cut an Italian loaf of bread in half, then spread a sauce of your choice on both halves. Layer on your preferred cheeses and deli meats, then top with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and peppers, although you do not have to include all these elements. Most traditional sub sandwiches include Italian deli meats, cheeses and dressing, but you can make this sandwich with any type of filling you prefer.
- Split an Italian loaf in half
Slice a crusty Italian roll in half lengthwise, using a serrated knife. You can also use a crusty French roll if you do not have an Italian roll.
- Cover the loaf halves with a spread
Spread any flavorful sauce or spread on both halves of the bread, such as butter, mayonnaise, mustard or dressing. Traditional Italian subs often use a prepared or homemade Italian dressing that consists of olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Layer on cheeses and meats
Evenly layer on slices of any type of cheese and sliced deli meats you prefer on one half of the bread, alternating between the cheese and the meat. You can use multiple types of cheese, including American, cheddar and Swiss, as well as deli meats, such as sliced turkey, chicken and bologna, using roughly a 1/2 pound each. Classic Italian subs generally include provolone cheese, genoa salami, capicola, sopressata and boiled ham.
- Add fresh vegetables of your choice
Top the meats and cheeses in your sandwich with optional vegetables, such as lettuce, sliced or diced tomatoes, onions, sliced olives and sliced peppers. Instead of lettuce, you can also use any type of greens you prefer for your sub, like arugula and spinach. Traditional subs often include pepperoncinis and black olives.
- Top the fillings
Cover the fillings with the other half of the Italian bread loaf. Press down gently, and slice in half or smaller sections before serving.