Monday, August 15, 2011

Oven Baked Pizza Subs

I have fond memories of pizza subs in my college days.

We would scrounge up any change or small bills we could find, and pile in someone's car and head to Mineo's for a late night pizza sub.  They were cheap, and they were hot, and melty, and delicious. 

I've done the whole French bread pizza thing before, and I just can't get past the big ol' crusty bread issue.  There's a lot of bread, and then hot toppings come stringing off and make a mess.  Sometimes when they're frozen, they don't reheat well, and you end up with dry, tough bread.  So, my solution is the baked pizza sub. 

I'm going to attempt to make my own rolls, using this recipe.  But if you have a go-to hoagie roll/sub roll/grinder roll/whatever, go for it.  Anyway, here's my attempt at a recipe:

Pizza Subs

4 hoagie rolls
garlic powder
8 slices of provolone cheese (or mozzarella)
12 slices of pepperoni (get it sliced at the deli - not the bags of little slices)
12 slices of genoa salami (deli, not pre-packaged)
8 slices of your favorite ham, sliced very thin
1/2 lb. Italian sausage, browned and drained (turkey Italian sausage is pretty good - optional)
your favorite pizza sauce
veggies if desired (and I desire them on the parental sandwiches) - thin green pepper slices, thin onion slices, mushrooms if you're into them, banana peppers, etc. 

Have on hand: shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes and if you like, mayo (the good stuff)

Lay out your rolls, and get an assembly line going.  First, spritz (get an oil spritzer already - Pampered Chef has them, Target has them, wherever) the rolls with some EVOO.  Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder and oregano.   Then get layering!  Start with the meats - ham, salami, pepperoni (sausage if you're adding it).  Then add the sauce (I'll leave the amount up to you - some people like them messy, I really don't), the veggies, and the cheese (2 slices each, or sprinkle liberally with shredded).  Then close up the subs, and wrap in foil.  Non-stick foil would probably be best.

To freeze: Place wrapped subs in a freezer storage bag and freeze. 

To prepare: To cook, take out as many subs as you like, keep them wrapped, thaw in the fridge.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 for about 15-20 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted.  Unwrap them and stick them back in for a few minutes to crisp them up, if you like.  Add the mayo, lettuce and tomato slices, and serve.       

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