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How to Make Italian Subs

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Blog #98: Who doesn’t like Italian subs? Once I learned how to make them, I rarely, if ever order them from my local sub shop. I am not much of a sandwich girl. Of course, I order them when I am out and about. What I mean is, I do not have sandwiches for lunch. I definitely enjoy a hot lunch and dinner, most days. However, on beach and summer hot days this is my go to. It’s super easy, delicious and no cooking involved! How do you make Italian subs?

What You Need

  • Ham
  • Salami
  • Sliced Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Hots
  • Pickled Jalapeños (optional)
  • Vinegar
  • Dried oregano
  • Sub rolls

Make for…

Italian subs are definitely a beach day meal with sour cream and onion chips and some watermelon 🍉 or grapes 🍇 on the side. They also make great appetizers! You can make a bunch and cut them into smaller sizes. And of course, its an easy meal for lunch or dinner for those busy days. I suggest using domestic or honey ham but you may use black forest or any ham you prefer. The cheese is one to be more picky about to get that taste. It is best to go with a mild cheese, such as havarti, provolone, muenster or mozzarella. Definitely skip cheddar and American cheeses. Not everyone likes spicy. Therefore, if you don’t like spice, skip the hots and replace with mayo or mustard. You can also substitute the pickled jalapenos for relish. No heat but great flavors!

Secret Ingredient

The secret is to add vinegar and oregano. Without these 2 ingredients, it is just a regular sub. Trust me. I have made the mistake of forgetting to add vinegar and oregano and it just taste like a ham and cheese sub. If you don’t have dried oregano, oregano powder also works.

How to Make Italian Subs

Recipe by Azilde ElizabethCourse: Lunch/DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: easy


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Italian subs that taste just like your local sub shop!


  • 8 oz or 1/2 lb of deli ham (domestic or honey)

  • 4 slices of cheese (havarti, provolone or muenster works well)

  • 8-12 slices of sliced, genoa salami

  • Hots (pickled crushed peppers)

  • 1 cup of Lettuce, cut into chunks or shredded

  • 3/4 cup or 1 tomato, chopped

  • 1/4 cup of onions, chopped

  • pickled jalapenos, optional

  • Sub rolls, toasted

  • Vinegar

  • Dried oregano


  • Toast sub rolls (open faced) in the oven for about 2 min on broil, flipping after 1 minute. Remove from oven.
  • Spread some hots on the bottom side of the roll.
  • Cut slice of cheese in half and layer on the bun. Layer 3 slices of ham and 2-3 slices of salami.
  • Add some lettuce, tomato, onion and pickled jalapenos.
  • Lastly, pour some vinegar and sprinkle some oregano.

I have made these Italian subs on many occasions and have even got requests for the recipe!

What is your favorite sub? If you try this, please let me know what you think!


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