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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...

A little wine & this classic Italian sandwich make for the perfect summer picnic basket

If you can say one thing about Italians, it's that they can eat — and they know how to do food right. But if you aren't eating Italian food the old-school way, then you're missing out. If you've been getting an Italian-style sandwich from a chain restaurant, for example, your head is probably going to explode when you try a real Italian hoagie with authentic ingredients.

A little wine & this classic Italian sandwich make for the perfect summer picnic basket
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More: Please Read This Before You Order a Sandwich at Subway

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.

A little wine & this classic Italian sandwich make for the perfect summer picnic basket
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.

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

A little wine & this classic Italian sandwich make for the perfect summer picnic basket
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

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 May 2017.

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