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The perfect old-school Italian hoagie sandwich, done right

A Jersey girl through and through, Carolyn grew up spending her summers down in Avalon, NJ. As a young girl, she often cooked alongside her mother and grandmother, whose seafood creations instilled a true passion for fresh, local produce...

Here's how you build the original hoagie, and don't let anyone tell you different

You've probably been eating Italian hoagies for years, which is what's going to make this news all the more disappointing. That flippin' delicious Italian meat and cheese sandwich from your local deli (or from your own kitchen) may have a few extra and totally inauthentic ingredients.

Here's how you build the original hoagie, and don't let anyone tell you different
Image: Carolyn Stalnaker/SheKnows

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To keep it a classic Italian hoagie — and this might make some of you mad — you’ll need to hold the mustard, hold the mayonnaise, hold the bacon, pickles and sliced avocado. Because honestly, they just don't belong here.

Here's how you build the original hoagie, and don't let anyone tell you different
Image: Carolyn Stalnaker/SheKnows

Find the best 12-inch Italian-style hoagie roll you can get your hands on, slice, and then layer accordingly:

  • Deli-sliced boiled ham
  • Deli-sliced capicola
  • Deli-sliced provolone cheese
  • Deli-sliced Genoa salami
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Thinly sliced tomato
  • Thinly sliced white onion
  • Red wine vinegar and oil (extra-virgin olive oil is fine)
  • Salt, pepper, Italian oregano
  • Hot or sweet peppers, if desired

You can stuff your Italian hoagies with as much meat and cheese as you like, but we've found that 1/4 pound of each meat and cheese above yields about two good-size, well-proportioned hoagies.

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And don't worry, you can still serve your fave sandwich with chips and an ice-cold drink.

Here's how you build the original hoagie, and don't let anyone tell you different
Image: Carolyn Stalnaker/SheKnows

Classic Italian hoagie recipe

Yields 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 (12-inch) Italian-style rolls
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced boiled ham
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced capicola
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced provolone cheese
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced Genoa salami
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 thinly sliced large tomato
  • 1 thinly sliced white onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or canola oil), divided
  • 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar, divided
  • Salt, pepper, Italian oregano
  • Hot and/or sweet peppers, if desired

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Directions:

  1. Slice the rolls horizontally, being careful to not slice all the way through.
  2. Open up the rolls, and layer on the ham, capicola, provolone cheese and Genoa salami (about 4 slices each).
  3. Top with lettuce, tomato slices, onion, 1 tablespoon of oil, 2 teaspoons of vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano and peppers, if desired. Slice and serve.

Originally published March 2014. Updated September 2016.

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