Have you every been to your favorite sub shop and wished that you knew the secret behind their tasty treats? Well today, you will find the best recipe around to creating your very own delicious sub sandwiches. I will take you through step by step to making a world famous sandwich! (These are how I used to make them at my old job!)
The staple to any good sub is the bread that you put it on. If the bread isn't good, the sandwich won't be good, and it makes sense because that is what holds all of your meats, cheeses, and veggies together. If the bread is too soft, you run the risk of it becoming to soggy and everything falling out. If the bread is too hard, it will be too crunchy and chewy after you bake it in the oven. Personally, I prefer using the Italian and French breads from your local deli grocery store because they are usually the right consistency to hold your sandwich together. If you don't have access to that, look for the best quality brand name breads at your local store. Pepperidge Farm usually makes delicious breads that would be the right consistency for our recipe. Any type of hoagie rolls are usually your best bet.
The second most important thing when you are picking ingredients for your sandwich is the deli meat. If you get the cheap Oscar Meyer stuff, it is going to taste like cheap Oscar Meyer stuff. I prefer to go directly to the deli and get the meats I want freshly cut. Boar's Head usually makes exceptionally delicious deli meats. It certainly is your choice what you pick here, but be mindful of the quality and price of the meats you are choosing. Once you have selected all of the meats that you need to your heart's content, it is time to create your masterpiece.
Building Your Sub
Start off by cutting the bread in a nice, clean cut slice all the way through the center of the roll. Then, add some mayonnaise to the inside of the bun. (If you are not a mayo person, you may wish to use mustard or another type of condiment here, but I know for a fact mayo works best). Mayo is the glue that will hold all of the ingredients together once you get it baking in the oven.
Add one handful of lettuce to one side of the bun. Make sure not to put too much lettuce on there. (Yes, there is such a thing as adding too much lettuce!) I prefer to use the shredded iceberg lettuce because it is easy to chew and you won't run into the problem of biting into your sub and taking the entire contents of the sandwich with you.
For this example, I am going to use my recipe for the Club Sub. Add two thin slices of ham to the other side of your sandwich. (You may choose to fold your meats so they are not overlapping). Add three thin slices of turkey.
Add a small handful of onions, spreading them on the top of your meat. (You may choose onion slices or diced onions) In my experience, diced onions work the best. Add three slices of red tomatoes on top of the onions.
Spices are very important in seasoning and flavor when it comes to a sub. You need to make sure that you have the right spices and the right amount of spices. Sprinkle a small amount of salt, fresh ground pepper, and oregano on top of your sub.
Add the cheese. You might prefer a certain type of cheese, but the best cheese to use is provolone, hands down. You will need three slices of provolone cheese to top your sub. Some other cheeses that work very well for this sandwich are white american cheese or pepper jack cheese.
For a proper club sub, you will need bacon. Cook your bacon (you can easily just zap it in the microwave) and place the pieces on top of the cheese. Four slices of bacon will be enough for a 12" sub.
While you are preparing your sub, you should preheat your oven to 450. Once preheated, place your sub on a cookie sheet and let it bake for about six minutes in the oven. You want to make sure that the cheese is melted and the edges of the bread are golden brown before you take it out of the oven.
Here is the real secret to a delicious sub: the secret sauce. In a large squirt bottle, add 1/4 cup of garlic salt, 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar, and fill the rest of the bottle up with oil. Before adding this secret sauce to your sub, shake the bottle well to ensure that all of the seasoning will be mixed properly. Once finished, squirt a healthy amount of your sauce on the top of your sub. (squirt and move bottle back and forth over top of the sandwich about four times)
Using a long knife, fold your sub closed and cut it in half. Then, find your best plate and enjoy this amazing sandwich! Your taste buds will thank you!
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This recipe is assuming that you are making a 12" sub sandwich. You may need to go to the store to gather supplies, but it will be well worth the money once you see how easy it is to make the real thing at home. Now, go enjoy your out of this world sub sandwich!