House Sub Sandwich

A quick sub sandwich is my favorite lazy weekend lunch. Nothing fancy, but made fresh in just minutes. The stars of my house sub sandwich are the meats and the spicy dressing. I almost always include sandwich pepperoni on my subs, though sometimes it is a bit hard to find. It’s like pizza pepperoni only bigger and sliced thinner. It adds great flavor to any sandwich. The dressing mix really amps up the sandwich. No plain-ole mayonnaise here, that’s for sure.
House Sub SandwichIf you’re more in the mood for an oil and vinegar for your house sub sandwich, try my Italian hoagie dressing. It’s really really good, if I say so myself. It isn’t spicy like the dressing on these subs, but you can remedy that by adding a few spicy banana peppers on top.

You’ll also love my copycat Jersey Mike’s sub sandwich.

House Sub Sandwich

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 sandwich
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the sandwich build

  • 4 ounces or more your favorite thin sandwich meats
  • A dash of Cajun seasoning
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • 6 ince loaf French sliced horizontally
  • 2/3 cup dressing mix from below
  • 2-3 slices tomato

For the dressing mix

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Creole mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon more or less, to taste Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2/3 cup shredded and chopped iceberg lettuce

Instructions

For the sandwich build

  • Heat a griddle or skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sprinkle the sandwich meat with the Cajun seasoning. Add to the pan and heat on both sides. Remove.
  • Add cheese and meat to the bottom slice of the French bread.
  • Add the dressing mix and sliced tomato, bread top, and serve.

For the dressing mix

  • Whisk together all but the lettuce. 
  • Place lettuce in a small bowl. Add dressing and mix.

White Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

There’s a scene in the movie Chef where the star, Jon Favreau, makes a grilled cheese sandwich. It was the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Perfectly toasted on both sides. And it crunched, oh how it crunched, when he sliced it. I have to admit, I’m still working on my grilled cheese toasting skills, but I sure do enjoy a great grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. These white pizza grilled cheese sandwiches have a great pizza-ish herby flavor to them, with ooey-gooey melted mozzarella and a little Parmesan to boot. Very good, and a little different.
White Pizza Grilled Cheese SandwichesI prefer to use Texas toast for my grilled sandwiches. It holds up and holds up well to just about anything you want to pile up on it. No one likes a grilled cheese that just dissolves once you get past the crust. Nope, you need a bread that will be there till the end, and for me that’s Texas toast. Oh, and I love to make smoked paprika and garlic croutons out of any leftover pieces of Texas toast I might have.

The Griddler is a champ at making grilled cheese sandwiches, like my muffuletta grilled cheese, grilled caramel apply cheese, grilled spinach and artichoke cheese, and pepperoni pizza grilled cheese.

White Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 12 slices bread I used Texas Toast
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter

Instructions

  • Turn on your Griddler to the griddle setting and 350 F, or heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Mix the ricotta and oil together in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the garlic, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese.
  • Mix in the mozzarella cheese. The mixture will be thick. Don't be afraid to use your hands to mix it well.
  • Lightly butter each slice of bread on one side.
  • Working in batches, place slices of bread butter-side down on the Griddler or into the skillet. Top with the cheese mixture, spreading out evenly.
  • Add the top piece of bread butter-side up.
  • Cook until the bottom bread is golden brown. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Grilled Open-Faced Beef, Cheese and Gravy Sandwiches

These grilled open-faced beef, cheese and gravy sandwiches just blew us away. Cooked over charcoal, the sandwiches take on a lovely light smoky flavor. The beef is tender, juicy and packed with flavor.  Covered in a tasty beef gravy, every bite is just fantastic. Served over thick, hearty grilled bread, it’s the sandwich you’ve been looking for.
Grilled Open-Faced Beef, Cheese and Gravy SandwichesThere’s nothing I would really change about this recipe. It’s a great alternative to cooking your usual burgers on the grill. You could make this with ground turkey, I would think, though you might have to add a little fat (vegetable oil) to keep the turkey from getting too tough when seared.

This is yet another brilliant recipe from the BBQ Pit Boys.

Also try my open-faced turkey sandwiches.

Grilled Open-Faced Beef, Cheese and Gravy Sandwiches

You'll need a large cast iron skillet. Remember to not grab the skillet handle without a heat-proof glove once you've placed it onto the grill.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup sweet onion chopped (about 1 large onion)
  • 1 14-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 4-ounce can roasted diced chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons your favorite BBQ rub
  • 8 slices Pepper Jack cheese
  • 4 slices large thick-cut bread I used a rustic ciabatta

For the beef gravy

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking. Charcoal is definitely best for this recipe.
  • Form the beef into equal-sized patties.
  • Sear over direct heat on both sides, but do not cook all the way. Remove from heat and place in a large bowl.
  • Add the onion, tomatoes, chiles, Italian seasoning and rub. Use a potato masher or fork to combine all ingredients and break the ground beef into chunks.
  • Place a large cast iron pan on your grill over indirect heat.
  • Add the meat mixture and spread out evenly. Use a spatula or the back of a large spoon to lightly compact the meat into the pan.
  • Cook for 20 minutes or until the beef is cooked and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Top mixture with the cheese slices, cover and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  • Remove the pan from the grill. Lightly toast the bread slices on the grill.
  • Serve meat over the bread topped with the beef gravy.

For the beef gravy

  • Add a small skillet to the grill over direct heat. Add the butter and melt.
  • Add the beef broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the butter to the skillet and melt.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Combine the flour and water in a cup and whisk into the beef broth.
  • Continue stirring until the gravy is thickened. Remove from heat.

Copycat Jason’s Deli California Club Sandwich

Back in my high school days I worked in a no-name sub shop. I made some mighty darned good sandwiches if I do say so myself. But honestly, nothing I made was as good as this copycat Jason’s Deli California Club sandwich. First, we didn’t make sandwiches on croissants, which give the sandwich such a nice light buttery flavor. And I had no idea then what alfalfa sprouts were. Now I love them on a sandwich, along with guacamole. This sandwich would’ve been a big seller at the sub shop where I worked.
Copycat Jason's Deli California Club SandwichI used a spicy guacamole to offset some of the sweetness of the croissant in my copycat Jason’s Deli California club sandwich. You can use ‘normal’ guacamole instead, or try my copycat of Jimmy John’s avocado sandwich spread instead.

I also could not find alfalfa sprouts at any of the grocery stores near our house. None of them. In fact one doesn’t carry sprouts any more at all. Luckily I found some bean sprouts. They aren’t the same thing as alfalfa sprouts but they did add a similar texture.

Also try my copycat Red Robin BLTA.

Copycat Jason's Deli California Club Sandwich

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 4 croissants halved horizontally
  • 1 pound thinly sliced turkey sandwich meat
  • 1 sliced tomato
  • 1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts I substituted bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 8 thin slices sweet onion
  • 4 strips cooked crispy bacon
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 thin slices Swiss cheese

Instructions

  • Divide ingredients between the 4 rolls.

Quick Fix Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Sandwich

I love cooking meals from scratch. But sometimes reality hits and I have to throw something together that doesn’t require a lot of preparation. That’s where this quick fix copycat of McDonald’s chicken sandwich comes in. In less than 30 minutes I get to enjoy a rather tasty chicken sandwich. Heck it even has fresh toppings on it and a rather tasty (but incredibly simple) sauce. Hey, it’s not bad when you’re in a crunch, and I often find myself making little changes to mix things up a bit.
quick-fix-copycat-mcdonalds-chicken-sandwichAdd a little kick to your quick fix copycat McDonald’s chicken sandwich by substituting Tyson’s spicy chicken patties, adding a slice of pepper jack cheese, and adding Sriracha instead of onion powder when making the sauce.

Also try my copycat of McDonald’s addicting French fries.

Quick Fix Copycat McDonald's Chicken Sandwich

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the McChicken sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 dash onion powder

Instructions

  • Heat the chicken per package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce by whisking together the ingredients.
  • Toast the buns if desired. Slather both bun halves with the sauce.
  • Add the heated chicken patties, lettuce and tomato (and onion if using) and serve.

Ham and Swiss Po’ Boy

I’m slowly (but surely) perfecting my homemade po’ boy bread. It has the perfect thin, but crunchy, crust, with a warm, soft inside. I just need to work on my dough rolling skills. Even still, that lack of loaf perfection doesn’t stop me from enjoying an absolutely great ham and Swiss po’ boy. The ham has a nice little spicy kick, the cheese just starts to melt. All topped with crunchy fresh lettuce mixed with spicy Creole mustard and fresh chopped tomatoes.

Ham and Swiss Po' BoyI always grab a bag (or two) of Zapp’s chips to go with my po’ boys. They have the best crunch and flavor, plus it’s a tradition to eat Zapp’s with a po’ boy. The last time (sadly, a long time ago) I was in New Orleans I had Zapp’s with my po’ boys, so I do the same at home. Food memories like that are the best, you know?

Ham and Swiss Po' Boy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

For the po boy

  • 1 6" loaf French bread
  • 1/4 pound thin sliced ham sandwich meat
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese divided
  • 2/3 cup lettuce dressing see below
  • 1 cup chopped tomato

For the lettuce mixture

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Creole mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon or more, to taste Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2/3 cup shredded and chopped iceberg lettuce

Instructions

For the po boy

  • Slice bread horizontally.
  • Place sandwich meat in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Sprinkle with the Cajun seasoning and warm the meat thoroughly. Transfer to the bottom bread half.
  • Add cheese and top with the lettuce dressing, tomato, and top bread half. Devour.

For the lettuce mixture

  • Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and fold to combine.

Crab Cake Po’ Boy

Oh how I do love po’ boys. Guaranteed great bread, with a crunchy crust and soft insides. Fresh toppings that always pack a little kick. And a bag of Zapp’s chips. The perfect meal. This crab cake po’ boy more than hit the spot. Tender, flaky crab cakes on a homemade po’ boy roll, topped with a killer spicy lettuce mix.

Crab Cake Po' BoyThe lettuce mixture on this crab cake po’ boy has become my standard po’ boy dressing. It has just the right amount of kick for me, and a little crunch. I pick up a head of iceberg lettuce, shred and chop it, and stuff it into a baggie in the fridge, always on hand when I need to make a po’ boy, which is quite often.

I made the bread myself, using a dough recipe that uses a bread machine. The bread is perfect in flavor and texture. But I admit, my dough rolling technique needs work. Sometimes I get perfect loaves, sometimes I don’t. I could substitute French bread,  but honestly it’s not quite the same texture. Close, but not quite.

Love crab cakes as much as I do? Try my Creole crab cake sliders too!

Crab Cake Po' Boy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

For the po' boy

For the lettuce mixture

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Creole mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon or more, to taste Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2/3 cup shredded and chopped iceberg lettuce

Instructions

For the po' boy

  • Cut the French bread in half horizontally.
  • Add the sliced tomato, cooked crab cakes and the lettuce mixture.
  • Devour

For the lettuce mixture

  • Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and fold to combine.

Toasted Italian Sandwich

I love my Cuisinart Griddler. It’s the perfect kitchen appliance. I use it to make paninis, hashbrowns, waffles, burgers, eggs… just about anything. My favorite use for it has to be making sandwiches, like this toasted Italian sandwich. The bread gets nice and toasted on the outside, giving me that perfect crunchy bite. The mozzarella cheese gets nice and melted. Top that off with great Italian cold cuts, homemade sun-dried tomatoes and pesto, and I’ve got the perfect lunch.
Toasted Italian SandwichMy favorite bread for sandwiches is hands-down, ciabatta. It has those great airy pockets in it (it reminds me a bit of English muffins, my other favorite bread). It gets fantastically crunchy while still being soft in the middle, like the perfect pizza crust. I like to serve my sandwiches with my quick-fix Italian salad (made without adding meat).

The Griddler is the master of making sandwiches. Also try my sweet-and-savory turkey panini.

Toasted Italian Sandwich

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 ciabatta roll sliced horizontally
  • 1 tablespoon pesto sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomatoes chopped
  • 2 slices Mozzarella cheese
  • 3 slices Prosciutto
  • 1 slice salami
  • 1 slice sandwich pepperoni
  • 1 slice Capicolo
  • 1 slice Sopressata

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet, cast iron skillet or Griddler.
  • Place the ciabatta into the skillet cut-side down and toast for a few minutes until the bread starts to get crunchy and brown.
  • Spread the top of the roll with pest and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Add the cheese and meats to the bottom slice. Return to the skillet to melt the cheese.
  • Add the top bun, slice and serve.

Southern Reuben Sandwich

For years and years and years I made my Reuben sandwiches pretty ‘normal’. Russian or Thousand Island dressing. A little (or a lot) of corned beef or pastrami. Warmed sauerkraut. And plenty of Swiss cheese. Then along came this southern take on a Reuben sandwich. I’ll never make a Reuben the ‘old’ way again. Crunchy tangy coleslaw replaces the kraut. A spicy homemade dressing replaces the stuff out of the bottle. This is nothing but good.
Southern Reuben SandwichI prefer pastrami on my southern Reuben sandwich. I like the extra kick of the peppery flavoring. And when it comes to pastrami, my hands-down favorite is my homemade version. Sure, I’m biased, but for good reason. I’ve never heard anything but high praise for my pastrami. I can never make enough.

Southern Reuben Sandwich

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the sauce mixture

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1-2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the slaw mixture

  • 1/2 cup sauce mixture from above
  • 3 cups coleslaw mix

For the sandwich

  • Sauce and slaw mixtures from above
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 pound pastrami or corned beef sliced thin

Instructions

For the sauce mixture

  • Combine all ingredients.

For the slaw mixture

  • Combine all ingredients.

For the sandwich

  • Note: If desired you can toast the sandwich in the oven in a 350 F oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Slather one side of each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon of the sauce mixture.
  • Divide cheese, meat and slaw mixture between 4 slices of the bread.
  • Top with remaining bread and serve.

Ham and Egg Sandwiches

Anita proclaimed this to be the best egg salad she’s had. I’m surely not going to argue with her, either. It’s light, fluffy and tasty, and goes perfectly with thin-sliced ham. Nothing fancy here, just great ham and egg sandwiches. The original recipe was meant to make finger sandwiches, which you could do, but if I’m coming I’d prefer the full-sized version, please!
Ham and Egg SandwichesI chopped the ham to give it more of a shaved ham feel, a little lighter than just sliced ham. I think it went better with the airy egg salad. You don’t have to do that, and in fact, you really don’t need the ham at all. No matter how you do it, these ham and egg sandwiches are a delight.

Also try my yummy ham salad sandwiches.

Ham and Egg Sandwiches

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs hard-boiled, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 12 slices white bread
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Thinly-sliced ham sandwich meat I chopped mine so the texture more closely matched that of the egg salad.

Instructions

  • Place the eggs into a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher.
  • Add the mustard powder, salt and pepper, mayonnaise and parsley and mix well. Add more mayonnaise if the mixture is too thick to spread.
  • Divide the egg mixture between 6 pieces of bread.
  • Divide the ham between the sandwiches.
  • Divide and spread the Dijon onto one side of the remaining bread slices and place on top of the sandwiches.