Football Food: Italian Sub
It’s finally here, FOOTBALL SEASON! Whether you like the NFL, college, or your Pee Wee league, this time of year is a great chance to get together with family and friends, strike up old rivalries, cheer, get in fist fights, drink too much (jk) and, most importantly, EAT!
I can’t take credit for this beauty of a sandwich. It was 100% created by my brother-in-law, Aaron. But he doesn’t have a blog, so I’m going to spread the word for him. Great cook, great bro-in-law, ok football team (he likes the Titans). So, thank you Aaron for sharing your expertise with us all and making football season that much better.
Aaron’s Italian Sub
1 Loaf french bread
2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1-2 Tablespoons mayo
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1 Tablespoon dried Italian Seasoning
1/8 Cup chopped red onion
1/4 Cup pepper spread or banana peppers or jalapenos (depending on how spicy you like it)
1/4 pound Hard salami
1/4 pound Ham
1/4 pound Provolone Cheese
Pre-heat your broiler to high.
First chop your junk. This goes together fast, and it’s nice to have everything ready to roll when you put the sub together.
Now prep the bread. You are going to slice your loaf of french bread length wise and open it up on a cookie sheet. Drizzle both side of the bread with the olive oil.
Now pop that baby in the oven to get good and toasty. I don’t like to put things under the broiler and then walk away because I always, ALWAYS burn it. So sit and wait patiently for it to get good and toasty.
Pull it out and we are going to assemble the cold ingredients on the top half and the hot ingredients on the bottom. Remember that old McDonald’s commercial where they had the two rival gangs, West Side Story style, and they had to keep the “hot side hot” and the “cool side cool”. Come on, I know you remember. Same thing here, we are going to burst into spontaneous song about the hot side and the cool side. So from here on out I will refer to the top of the bread as the “cool side” and the bottom as the “hot side” so keep up.
On the “cool side” of the bread spread your mayo and mustard and give it a healthy sprinkling of Italian Seasoning. Then add your diced red onion and your pepper of choice. See, cooooooool.
Now, on the “hot side” layer your ham, then salami, then provolone so they all overlap slightly.
And, just to make it extra hot, pop it back under the broiler until the cheese is good a bubbly.
Don’t get distracted by your naked 3-year-old running around the house. You must excercise self control and stay near the oven so as not to burn the hot side to a crisp! Here’s what it should look like assuming Brad Pitt didn’t ring your doorbell and ruin you dinner…
As Homer J. Simpson would say, aaaaaaaaahhhhhhh, toasty…
Now, carefully, with all of your skill as a ninja lay the cool side on top of the hot side (isn’t that always the way with rival gangs). I like to stick the whole thing with tooth picks and then slice.
Happy Football Season!
- 1 Loaf French Bread
- 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1-2 Tablespoons mayo
- 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 Tablespoon dried Italian Seasoning
- 1/8 Cup chopped red onion
- 2 Tomatoes
- 1/4 Cup pepper spread or banana peppers or jalapenos (depending on how spicy you like it)
- 1/4 pound Hard salami
- 1/4 pound Ham
- 1/4 pound Provolone Cheese
- Preheat oven for broiler.
- Slice bread in half length wise and drizzle both halves with olive oil.
- Toast bread in oven until golden brown.
- On top half of bread spread mayo, mustard, Italian Seasoning, chopped red onion, and peppers.
- On bottom half of sub layer ham, salami, and cheese.
- Return bottom half of bread to oven and toast until cheese is bubbly.
- Removed from oven, put top half on and slice.