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Italian Grinder Sandwich

Italian Grinder Sandwich

If you love a hearty sub sandwich this Italian grinder sandwich recipe is the one for you! Crusty bread is piled high with Italian meats, cheeses and veggies to create a delicious filling sandwich!

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I have always loved a sub sandwich piled high with meats and cheeses and topped with fresh veggies all on delicious fresh bread you really can’t beat it. Recently I’ve noticed my favorite sandwich making waves as a tiktok viral recipe! Although the tiktok recipe is new to a lot of people this irresistible grinder is a classic that many people have been enjoying for years!

One of the best parts about this submarine sandwich is that you can tweak it to your liking. You can use any variety of cheese and deli meats, it can be served hot or cold, and it makes a great lunch or dinner option!

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FAQ Tips & Recipe Suggestions for this Italian Grinder Sandwich

Additional topping ideas-

We love loading this easy recipe up with lots of veggies for added texture and flavor. Pepperoncini peppers, banana peppers, red onion and green pepper are some of our favorite additions. You can also vary the topping of the sandwich and use mayonnaise, sprinkle on some red pepper flakes, parmesan cheese, or your favorite salad dressing.

The best bread –

These sandwiches are best made on fresh bread or sandwich rolls. I personally love a crusty Italian bread, but you can also use a soft sub roll. They are also delicious on French bread, or homemade rolls! To feed a crowd you can make this Italian sub on a loaf of bread and cut it into small portions.

Other deli meat options-

We’ve kept this recipe simple with meat choices that most people love! However you can add additional meats or swap out some of the ones we’ve used. We love prosciutto, smoked turkey, or even chicken deli meat on this sandwich. You can try making it with a variety of meats to see which combination you like best!

Make a grinder salad –

If you love the taste of this sandwich but are cutting carbs, don’t have any rolls, or love salad you can make this viral tiktok salad sandwich into just a salad! Just chop your cold cuts and cheese into bite size pieces and place them on a bed of greens. You can add lots of veggies like tomatoes, green peppers, pepperoncini and red onions. Top it with your favorite Italian or creamy salad dressing to have a salad with all the flavor of this delicious deli sandwich!

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Make a toasted Italian sub-

We love this recipe as a nice cold sandwich but it also makes a delicious toasted sub! Just lay the sides of the bun flat on a baking sheet and spread the meats on one half of the bread and the cheeses on the other. Place in a 425 degree oven or under the broiler to toast for 8-10 minutes until the cheese is melted ant the meats are heated through. Add on your veggies and salad dressing after that, close the sandwich and enjoy!

What to serve with this sandwich-

This sandwich is easily a meal on it’s own but if you are looking for delicious side dishes to accompany it here are some delicious suggestions. It is great paired with a simple salad, homemade slaw, or fresh veggies. It is also tasty served with classics like french fries, sweet potao fries or potato chips.

Can this Italian hoagie be made ahead of time?

This sub is great for lunches, picnics or an easy dinner not only because it is delicious but it can be made ahead of time! I recommend placing your meat on the bottom half of the bread and your cheese on the top of the the bread. Place your veggies in between before you wrap your sandwich in plastic wrap or foil to store. This helps the bread to not get soggy. I recommend not putting the dressing on the sandwich until right before you’re ready to serve. If you are taking these somewhere you can mix the salad dressing ingredients together in a mason jar or other air tight container to take it with you!

An Italian grinder sandwich cut into two halves on a black plate.

Ingredients needed for this easy Italian grinder

This recipe makes one sandwich, you can easily multiply it to feed a crowd.

1 hoagie roll
4 slices shaved ham
4 slices salami
4 slices sandwich pepperoni
2 slices provolone cheese
2 slices mozzarella cheese
3 thin tomato slices
1/2 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (more or less to liking)
1 tablespoon olive oil (more or less to liking)
1/3 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Instructions to make the grinder sandwich

Slice the hoagie roll in half lengthwise. On the bottom half of the roll layer salami, pepperoni, and ham, Layer the sliced cheese, provolone and mozzarella, on top of the meats.

Top with thinly sliced tomato and shredded lettuce.

A collage of four images showcasing the process of making an Italian grinder sandwich. In the first panel is a sandwich bun topped with sliced turkey lunch meat. In the second panel, salami and pepperoni have been added. In the third panel, sliced provolone cheese has been added. In the final panel, tomatoes and seasoning have been added.

In a small bowl whisk together the Italian seasoning, red wine vinegar, olive oil and black pepper.

Pour the mixture evenly across the sub.

Close the sandwich and enjoy! Cut in half if desired.

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Italian Grinder Sandwich

If you love a hearty sub sandwich this Italian grinder sandwich recipe is the one for you! Crusty bread is piled high with Italian meats, cheeses and veggies to create a delicious filling sandwich!
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 1418kcal
Author: Krista

Ingredients

  • 1 hoagie roll
  • 4 slices shaved ham
  • 4 slices salami
  • 4 slices sandwich pepperoni
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 2 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 3 thin tomato slices
  • 1/2 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar more or less to liking
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil more or less to liking
  • 1/3 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Slice the hoagie roll in half lengthwise. On the bottom half of the roll layer salami, pepperoni, and ham, Layer the sliced cheese, provolone and mozzarella, on top of the meats.
  • Top with thinly sliced tomato and shredded lettuce
  • In a small bowl whisk together the Italian seasoning, red wine vinegar, olive oil and black pepper.
  • Pour the mixture evenly across the sub.
  • Close the sandwich and enjoy! Cut in half if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 1418kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 109g | Fat: 80g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 42g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 318mg | Sodium: 5074mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g

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