This Tik Tok chopped Italian sandwich is a delectable combination of cold meats, cheese, banana peppers, and more served on Italian sub rolls. It’s one of the most popular viral recipes because it’s so good! You can make them in as little as 10 minutes, making this a great recipe if you want a tasty lunch in a hurry. You can customize the chopped Italian sandwich however you wish, perhaps toasting the bread first for some added crunch or swapping out some deli meats for others you prefer.
A chopped Italian sub is sure to satisfy even the strongest hunger pangs. This Italian bread sub with deli meats, cheese, pepperoncini peppers, red onion, and more make a great lunch.
Why You’ll Love This
Quick and easy: It will take mere minutes to prepare and assemble your Tik Tok chopped Italian sandwich, and there’s no cooking required. Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest ones, and this easy chopped Italian cold cut hoagie is really straightforward to put together.
Authentic Italian fare: One of the best things about Italy is its incredible cuisine known and loved worldwide. Any Italian or Italian food fan is sure to enjoy this Italian grinder salad sandwich with Italian meats, cheese and more.
Delicious: This chopped Italian sandwich ticks all the boxes in terms of flavour and if you want to use different ingredients in the fillings, you can vary anything you want, plus any Italian seasonings to complement them. This is a hearty chopped Italian cold-cut hoagie which is more of a meal than a snack.
Chopped Italian Sandwich Ingredients
Italian sub rolls are perfect for making an Italian Grinder salad sandwich. However, feel free to use any buns you prefer. Any crusty bread sturdy enough to hold the ingredients without falling apart will work. I love French bread too, and that works well.
The filling is two kinds of salami, capacollo, provolone, banana pepper, pepperoncini red onion, olive oil, red wine vinegar, mayo, salt, black pepper, and oregano.
How to Make a Perfect Italian Grinder Salad Sandwich
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Prepare the vegetables: De-seed the pepperoncini and then chop them along with the banana peppers, red onion, and lettuce.
Prepare the meats and cheese: Chop the variety of meats and cheese and add to a large bowl, along with the prepped veggies.
Make the dressing: Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, then toss with the ingredients in the large bowl to make the filling.
Assemble the sandwiches: Divide the meat and cheese between the subs, add the chopped salad on top, and finish with a sprinkling of oregano.
Substitutions and Variations
The beauty of this sandwich is that it’s wide open to variation. You can use any kind of meat, any cheese slices, and even use a different spread rather than the mayonnaise mixture. Italian dressing is good.
You can make it vegetarian by using more cheese, maybe 2 to 3 types, rather than the meat. Perhaps you want to add black olives, parmesan cheese or cheddar slices, or tomato slices on top of the baked deli meats. You can make this Italian grinder sandwich however you want it. I bet roast beef would be amazing in there too.
What to Serve with this Italian Hoagie Sub
You don’t really have to serve anything with it because it’s so filling. But something simple like some chips or fries would work or Green Goddess Salad, or you could have any easy side dish you’d enjoy with your new favorite sandwiches.
How to Store this Sandwich
Store: I’d recommend refrigerating it for half an hour before serving, so the flavours can meld and intensify. Or you can eat the sandwich as soon as it’s made or even make it a couple of hours ahead if you prefer and keep it refrigerated until serving.
Freeze: This sandwich isn’t suitable for freezing.
Italian Sub Sandwich FAQs
There’s no ground meat in there, so why are they called that? Traditionally, a grinder was a sandwich made with hot meat instead of chilled deli cuts. A sub was made with cold cuts and Italian dressing. Hot Italian sliders are a delicious example of grinder rolls if you want to make a hot sandwich.
However, the word “grinder” is more popular in New England (especially New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts) than in other states, so it’s partly a regional thing. A grinder is basically an Italian bread bun with meats, cheeses and a creamy grinder salad or pickles and mayo, or another dressing or spread. The most famous grinder of all, the Philly cheesesteak, is typically just called a Philly cheesesteak and not a grinder.
The dressing in the recipe is a mixture of oil, vinegar, oregano, and mayonnaise, along with a little oregano, but you can use a different kind of dressing if you prefer. Don’t use anything too runny else your grinder will come out soggy. It’s better to use a thick, creamy one, especially if you aren’t toasting the cut sides of the bread first.
Chopped Italian Sandwiches Recipe
Chopped Italian Sandwich
- 6 sub rolls Italian
- 6 Slices Genoa salami
- 6 Slices capocollo
- 6 Slices salami Calabrese
- 6 Slices provolone cheese
- ⅓ Cup banana pepper rings from jar
- 3 Pepperoncinis from jar
- 1 red onion
- 2 Cups green lettuce chopped
- 2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 Tablespoon extra virgin Olive oil
- 1 ½ Cups mayonnaise
- ½ Teaspoon salt
- 1 Teaspoon black pepper coarse
- 2 Teaspoon oregano dried, plus more for garnish
- Remove seeds from pepperoncinis and discard. Finely chop banana peppers, pepperoncinis, red onion, and lettuce. Add to a large mixing bowl.
- Next, chop calabrese salami, Genoa salami, capocollo, and provolone cheese into small pieces. Add to the mixing bowl.
- Add Mayo, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano to the bowl.
- Use a wooden spoon and thoroughly mix chopped sandwich ingredients until well combined.
- Scoop into the sub rolls and top with a pinch of oregano.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
This is a hugely popular viral recipe. The Tik Tok chopped Italian sandwich, is a chopped Italian sub loaded with Italian meats, cheese, pepperoncini, and more. It is perfect for picnics, game day or lunch.
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