March Madness Insanity Sub Sammie

It’s unseasonably warm for this time of year, and we are deep in the thralls of March Madness.

So what better thing than to create a truly unique sammie for sittin’ around and watching some basketball. Teamed with a pasta salad, it’s more than a meal–it’s a happening!

The ingredients are only mildly unusual, and you can substitute home-made buttermilk dressing if you wish.

But do give it a try and see if it suits your “to die for” sub sandwich.


  • 2 hoagie rolls, splitting each, but not cutting through
  • 1/3 c of buttermilk dressing (homemade or commercial)
  • 1/4 c mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 6 slices any type of salami, Genoa or some other
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 1 sweet pepper of any color
  • 1 med onion
  • slices of pepper jack cheese
  • 1 c of shredded swiss cheese
  • pickled jalapeños


  1. Place your rolls cut side up on a baking sheet under the broiler, until just lightly toasted.
  2. Add as much mayo as needed to the buttermilk dressing to make it quite thick. Add the mustard and stir.
  3. Brush on the dressing onto both sides of the hoagie rolls, until well covered.
  4. Layer three slices of the salami on each roll, down the center.
  5. Add two slices each of the ham.
  6. Slice the sweet pepper into strips, and slice the onion into slices. Saute in a hot pan with some EVOO, charring and cooking until al dente, softened but with some bite still.
  7. Divide the pepper and onions between the two hoagies.
  8. Cover with the slices of the pepper jack and then sprinkle on half of the grated cheese. Top with the pickled jalapeño slices.
  9. Pop back into the oven, turn it off, and leave until the cheese has melted.

Serves: 2

NOTE: You can vary the ham as to type, and the salami of course. The cheese can be anything you desire. Cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella, or any other. The combination of Monterey Jack and swiss worked nicely for us. We ate with a knife and fork but you could fold it up and try to eat it in hand. I would suggest wrapping the lower part in some foil to keep the insides from slipping out the end.

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