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' Boy

I always grab a bag (or two) of Zapp’s chips to go with my ham and Swiss po’ boy. 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?

I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.

Ham and Swiss Po' Boy
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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.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 652kcal

Ingredients

For the po boy

  • 1 6 inch French bread
  • ¼ pound deli sandwich meat thin sliced ham
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese divided
  • cup lettuce dressing see below
  • 1 cup tomato chopped

For the lettuce mixture

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 652kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 1831mg | Potassium: 859mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2782IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 322mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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' Boy

The 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. Close enough in a pinch, I’d say.

I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.

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

Crab Cake Po' Boy
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Crab Cake Po’ Boy

his 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.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword crab cakes, sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 229kcal

Ingredients

For the po’ boy

  • 2 crab cakes cooked
  • 1 6 inch French bread
  • 3 slices tomato

For the lettuce mixture

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 415mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 948IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Po Boy Bread from the Bread Machine

This is my go-to po boy bread dough recipe from the bread machine. No way am I enough of a baker to make a dough from scratch without a bread machine. I could never make something as good as this dough. It makes for the perfect po boy. The bread gets a nice crunchy, but thin, exterior. The insides are light, soft and airy.

I’ve made this po boy bread from a bread machine at least 30 times and every time it has come out great. Well, or it did after I got the hang of rolling it into a nice loaf shape. I also learned that cutting the slits isn’t just for making it pretty, the bread seems to keep a better shape.

Po Boy Bread from the Bread Machine

To get the slits just right you need to use a very, very sharp knife. You don’t want to manhandle the dough cutting it. You want the knife to go through it effortlessly.

Check out The Southern Po’ Boy Cookbook for ideas on how to use your po boy bread. I love making the ham and Swiss po boy from the cookbook, among others! (And you have to use this bread when making my Cajun Muffaletta poboys!)

Also try my bread machine Italian herb bread.

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Po Boy Bread from the Bread Machine

This is my go-to po boy bread dough recipe from the bread machine. 
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, homemade, sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 1485kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the glaze

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water

Instructions

  • Place ingredients into your bread machine in the order listed.
  • Process on the dough settings. After 5-10 minutes check the consistency of the dough. It should be sticky but not stick to the sides. If it is too dry add water, but in 1/2 teaspoon increments. If it is too wet add more flour 1 teaspoon at at time.
  • When the dough cycle is completed remove the dough to a lightly floured surface.
  • Roll the dough out into a rectangle that is approximately 16″ wide and 12″ deep.
  • Roll up the dough along the long edge.
  • Pinch the seam and ends closed and place onto a lightly greased baking sheet, seam-side down.
  • Cover with a cheesecloth and place into a warm place to rise until doubled, about an hour.
  • After about 30 minutes of rising preheat your oven to 425 F.
  • Uncover the bread and, using a very sharp knife, make a few 1/2″ deep slits along the top of the dough, about 2″ apart.
  • Whisk together the glaze ingredients and brush over the top of the dough.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce the temperature to 350 F and bake another 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let cool slightly before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 1485kcal | Carbohydrates: 283g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 3553mg | Potassium: 541mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Andouille Po Boy Version 2.0

I love a nice, big po boy sandwich. Even the most complicated po boy isn’t complicated, like this andouille po boy. In minutes I’m having a great meal. I do go through the ‘trouble’ of making my own po boy bread, but that’s mostly because I just cannot seem to find great po boy bread here. French bread will do in a bind, but it’s just not quite the same. The texture is definitely different. For a topping, I use a simple but wonderfully spicy lettuce mixture. And you can never, ever go wrong with andouille sausage. That perfect spicy kick, in a casing that pops when you bite into it.

Andouille Po Boy Version 2.0


I use the lettuce mixture on all of my po boys, not just this andouille version. It’s also great on hamburgers or hot dogs. It takes only a minute or two to make. When I pick up heads of iceberg lettuce at the grocery store I’ll shred and chop them and place them into baggies or containers along with a paper towel. That way I always have lettuce on hand for a quick po boy.

I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.

Also try my more traditional andouille po boy served up with a classic comeback sauce.

Andouille Po Boy Version 2.0
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Andouille Po Boy Version 2.0

I love a nice, big po boy sandwich. Even the most complicated po boy isn’t complicated, like this andouille po boy. In minutes I’m having a great meal. 
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword sandwich, sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 1557kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf po boy bread sliced horizontally (substitute French bread)
  • 1 pound andouille sausages cooked, halved (you can substitute smoked sausage)

Lettuce mixture

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place the bread halves on a baking sheet and place in oven for 5 minutes. Remove.
  • Also place the halved sausages on the sheet pan and warm thoroughly. Remove.
  • Place the sausages on the bottom bread half.
  • Top with the lettuce mixture and top bread half.
  • Cut in half and serve.

Lettuce mixture

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Nutrition

Calories: 1557kcal | Carbohydrates: 116g | Protein: 69g | Fat: 90g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 3461mg | Potassium: 1015mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 306IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 11mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Slow Cooker Beef Debris Po Boy

You make a po boy and I’ll eat it. You make a messy, dripping po boy and I’ll devour it. The messier, the better. It has to drip and run all over the place. That way I can dip my bread in the juices. Perfect. Like this slow cooker beef debris po boy. This is a sandwich of beauty and flavor and… messiness!

Slow Cooker Beef Debris Po Boy

‘Debris’ refers to beef that is cooked and then cut into shreds. In this case, we cut the beef first then cook it until it completely falls apart. The sauce is absolutely incredible. You’ll want to just take a spoonful of it and eat it right out of the slow cooker.

The aroma of the beef cooking in the delicious sauce will drive you crazy all day long. You will find yourself doing like I did, trying to rush the clock forward to dinnertime. Fortunately this recipe for a slow cooker beef debris po boy makes a big batch so you’ll have plenty of it on hand to enjoy again and again.

I love sandwiches topped with tender slow-cooked beef. Try my Italian slow cooker beefspicy ItalianFrench dip and New Orleans roast beef sandwiches too.

Slow Cooker Beef Debris Po Boy
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Slow Cooker Beef Debris Po Boy

You make a po boy and I’ll eat it. You make a messy, dripping po boy and I’ll devour it. The messier, the better. Like this slow cooker beef debris po boy.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, crockpot, sandwich, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 604kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

For the beef debris

For the sandwich build

  • 10 sub rolls toasted
  • mayonnaise to taste
  • lettuce sliced, to taste
  • tomato sliced, to taste
  • dill pickle to taste

Instructions

For the beef debris

  • Place 4 tablespoons of the flour into a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Working in batches, coat the meat in the flour mixture. Shake off excess then transfer to the hot oil and brown on all sides. Transfer to a slow cooker set to low.
  • De-glaze the skillet with wine, scraping all of the goodies off the bottom of the pan.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add the onion and celery. Cook 10 minutes or until starting to soften.
  • Add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato paste.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour and stir well.
  • Slowly stir in the beef broth.
  • Add the Kitchen Bouquet and onion and garlic powders, stir.
  • Add the dried pepper flakes, if using, and stir.
  • Pour mixture into the slow cooker and stir.
  • Cook 8 hours or until the beef is fall-apart tender.
  • Adjust seasoning.

For the sandwich build

  • Split the bread horizontally.
  • Slather the loaves with mayonnaise and add the lettuce, tomato and pickles.
  • Spoon in the meat mixture and devour.

Nutrition

Calories: 604kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 839mg | Potassium: 792mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 15mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Andouille Po Boy

I had an out-of-this-world good andouille po boy from Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort food truck the other day. And ever since, for darned near every minute of the day, I’ve been jonesin’ for another. This time I made my own. A good po boy requires a good remoulade. I made a big batch of Chez John’s Kaw-Cajun Comeback sauce, but any good remoulade will do. Just make sure it’s got some kick to it. The fantastic flavor of andouille and the remoulade are the stars of this sandwich. A little heat and a little spice. Perfect.

Andouille Po Boy

The best po boy drips when you eat it. All down the front of your arms, on your shirt, and all over the table, and best, onto your plate so you can sop up the drippings with the last piece of bread from the sandwich. Those drippings have everything good in them, from remoulade to sausage juice. Good eats. I’m not sure that the drippings aren’t my favorite part. You’re guaranteed to get every flavor in one taste.

Also try my version 2.0 andouille po boy.

I love the taste of Andouille sausage. It’s not only great on a po boy, I like it in potatoes too.

Andouille Po Boy
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Andouille Po Boy

The fantastic flavor of andouille and the remoulade are the stars of this sandwich. A little heat and a little spice. Perfect.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword Cajun, sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 673kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fry the sausage in a cast iron skillet until browned. If your sausage isn’t fatty enough you might have to add just a bit of oil, but don’t over do it.
  • Warm the bread if desired.
  • Top bread with the lettuce, pickles and tomatoes.
  • Add the cooked sausage and top with the remoulade.

Nutrition

Calories: 673kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1528mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Grilled Chicken Po Boy

The flavor from the marinade on this chicken is unbelievable. It makes for an absolutely awesome grilled chicken po boy, but the chicken would be just fine eaten by itself. Combine the tender, juicy flavorful chicken with some Kaw-Cajun Comeback sauce (or your favorite remoulade), fresh bread, lettuce, tomato and pickle and you have a sandwich you won’t soon forget.

Grilled Chicken Po Boy

I like to really load up on the remoulade sauce. The messier a sandwich is, the better it is, is my motto. Also try my very messy grilled chicken and gravy sandwiches.

Grilled Chicken Po Boy
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Grilled Chicken Po Boy

The flavor from the marinade on this chicken is unbelievable. It makes for an absolutely awesome grilled chicken po boy, but the chicken would be just fine eaten by itself.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, grilled, sandwich
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 day 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 9024kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the chicken

For the po boy

Instructions

For the chicken

  • Pound the chicken out thin.
  • Place remaining ingredients into a blender and blend for 15 seconds.
  • Place chicken into a resealable baggie or container. Add the marinade, Shake to coat and sea.
  • Refrigerate overnight.

For the po boy

  • Fire up your grill and grill the chicken, turning once, until done (175 F internal temperature). Remove from grill and let rest 10 minutes then slice thin against the grain.
  • Warm bread if desired.
  • Top bread with chicken, then add the lettuce,tomato and pickles. Add remoulade and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 9024kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1475g | Fat: 301g | Saturated Fat: 85g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4149mg | Sodium: 4354mg | Potassium: 24704mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 302IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 373mg | Iron: 37mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Smoked Pulled Pork Po Boy

One of my favorite things to throw on the smoker is a pork butt. Pulled pork is well worth the time it takes to make. I made a big batch of BBQ the other day. Now, usually, I’ll throw it on a bun with some BBQ sauce. Or I’ll even put it in a baked potato (soooo good!). This time, I went with a smoked pulled pork po boy.

Smoked Pulled Pork Po Boy

You can pretty much throw anything on a smoked pulled pork po boy and it’ll be good, but start with good BBQ and you end up with a fantastic sandwich! And don’t forget the slaw. That coolness, that crunchiness, that’s what makes a good sandwich great. As does the messiness. A great sandwich makes a mess when you pick it up and take a bite. The juices have to run down your arm and onto your plate. Or into your lap. An ingredient here, an ingredient there will fall out onto your lap. You pick those up, get some of that juices from your plate on them, and into your mouth they go. Hey, I know it’s not pretty. It’s not supposed to me.

Also try my slow cooker New Orleans roast beef po boy.

Smoked Pulled Pork Po Boy
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Smoked Pulled Pork Po’Boy

Great po’boy!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pulled pork, sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 160kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves French bread halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup Kaw-Cajun Comeback sauce or more, or your favorite remoulade
  • 1 pound pulled pork BBQ
  • 1 pound slaw mix broccoli slaw mix works great too!
  • 1 jar coleslaw dressing regular or Southern

Instructions

  • Lightly toast the bread, if desired.
  • Slather the bread halves with the Comeback sauce. Don’t be shy with it, either.
  • Add the pulled pork.
  • Add the slaw.
  • Cut into each loaf into 3 sandwiches and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 466mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 188IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Kaw-Cajun Comeback Sauce

I put Kaw-Cajun Comeback sauce on just about anything. Po boys. Regular sandwiches (making them not just regular!). Wraps. Anything.

Kaw-Cajun Comeback Sauce

This recipe for Kaw-Cajun Comeback sauce comes from Chez John from Fat Johnny’s Front Porch. Do not omit the grated onion and garlic – they really make this sauce a keeper. If you cannot find Cajun Power Sauces where you are you can order them online. Although you can substitute other sauces, this sauce is best made with Cajun Power. It’s also fantastic on chicken wings.

Here are some of our favorite uses for this sauce.

“Cheater” Popcorn Shrimp Po boy
Chicken Nugget Po Boy
Crunchy Tilapia Po Boy
Grilled Smoked Sausage Po Boy
Hamburger Po Boy
Roasted Black Pepper Shrimp Po Boy
Smoked Pulled Pork Po Boy
Taco Po Boy

Cheater Crispy Chicken Po Boy
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Kaw-Cajun Comeback Sauce

Put this sauce on every sandwich you make!
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword Cajun, sauce
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Calories 299kcal
Author Chez John

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least one hour before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Roasted Shrimp Po Boy

Roasting shrimp is a great way to bring out their flavor. And it’s really easy, too. Roast them and make a roasted shrimp po boy and you’ve got something really great! I used Chez John’s Kaw-Cajun Comeback sauce on my roasted shrimp po boy. You can also use your favorite remoulade, such as our spicy version. Of course, just a good ole mayonnaise works just fine too. Me, I prefer a spicy sauce on my po boys. And I do truly love po boys.

Roasted Shrimp Po Boy

Also try my grilled turkey po boys.

Roasted Shrimp Po Boy
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Roasted Shrimp Po Boy

Roasting shrimp is a great way to bring out their flavor. And it’s really easy, too. Roast them and make a roasted shrimp po boy and you’ve got something really great!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword sandwich, shrimp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 329kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Toss shrimp with oil and a pinch of salt and a little pepper. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and cook 8-10 minutes or until pink and firm and cooked. Remove from oven.
  • Lightly toast the bread in the oven, if desired.
  • Slather both halves of the bread with the Comeback sauce. Add shrimp, lettuce, tomato and top bread half and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 831mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.