Get out your largest plates and a ton of napkins because September 14th is National Eat a Hoagie Day and we’ve got some big ideas for you. You may be asking just what is a hoagie? A hoagie is a sandwich that usually has meat, cheese, vegetables, sauce, and seasonings, all on a long roll of Italian or French bread. You may also know this sandwich as a grinder, a torpedo, a hero, or a sub.
The sandwich got the name “hoagie” from the nickname for Italian workers at the Hog Island shipyard in Philadelphia during World War I. The workers were called “hoggies” and they would bring large sandwiches to work. The name got associated with the sandwiches and eventually, the spelling was changed to “hoagie.”
We have a lot of tips for making sandwiches. Check out these 5 Tips for Making Incredible Sandwiches, Quick Ideas for Sandwich and Wrap Fillings, and 10 Dairy-Free Spread Ideas to Transform Your Next Sandwich then, get ready to celebrate with these 15 delicious sandwiches you’ll need both hands to hold.
1. Philly Tofu Cheesesteak With Portobello Mushrooms
Who says you have to go to Philadelphia to enjoy a Philly cheesesteak? This Philly Tofu Cheesesteak With Portobello Mushrooms is a vegan version of the popular Northeast fast food is amazing. Tofu is seared in liquid smoke and vegan Worcestershire sauce until savory and then stuffed into a sub roll with sautéed bell peppers, onions, and Portobello mushrooms. Then, it’s topped with melty vegan cheese, wrapped in foil, and baked until piping hot and delicious.
2. Oolong Banh Mi Burger
Flavorful and delicious, this Oolong Banh Mi Burger is the closest thing to food perfection. The oolong tea infusion used in the burger itself and the pickling veggies are strong enough to impart enough flavor without being overwhelmed by the more assertive jalapeño and radish. Because banh mi has a sweet component, the plums are the perfect addition, especially after grilling, which enhances the plums’ sweetness, and after a few minutes of macerating in brown sugar.
3. Fooled Pork Sandwich With Fries
This Fooled Pork Sandwich With Fries is fit for a king! Young jackfruit is simmered until tender and then broiled in sticky barbecue sauce, allowing it to absorb the flavor. This sandwich is topped with creamy, crunchy coleslaw that’s a nice contract to the tender barbecue sauce-covered jackfruit. It all comes with a side of crispy oven-baked fries — why not try piling those on the sandwich, too?
4. Cola BBQ Sloppy Joes
These Cola BBQ Sloppy Joes have the flavor of a barbecue pulled jackfruit sandwich and the texture of sloppy joes. Firm tofu is marinated in a combination of spicy barbecue sauce and cola, giving it spicy, smoky flavors and a hint of sweetness. These are perfect when served on a bun with cool, crunchy vegan slaw.
5. Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Burger With Shiitake Bacon
If you love a little fire, something with a wow factor that’s guaranteed to be a hit with everyone, meet the Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Burger With Shiitake Bacon. These awesome sandwiches are a foodie dream come true. It has multiple flavor dimensions — salty, savory, spicy, and cheesy — and if you want to add a little sweetness into the mix, add a drizzle of maple syrup to the Shiitake bacon marinade.
6. Italian Refried Beanball Sub
Need a quick, no-fuss comfort food? These Italian Refried Beanball Subs couldn’t be any easier. Refried beans are mixed with Italian seasoning and breadcrumbs, then rolled in even more bread crumbs before being fried until crispy and golden. Add them to a soft roll, then top with marinara sauce and plenty of savory sautéed onions and bell peppers.
7. Thai Green Curry Salad Sandwich
Having a great sandwich recipe that you can make in advance makes lunchtime easy — like this Thai Green Curry Salad Sandwich. It’s budget-friendly, filling, and takes only two steps to make enough for nearly the entire week. This puts a spin on the classic chickpea salad by adding Thai green curry paste, mango, and crushed cashews for texture. Yum!
8. Artichoke Lobster Roll
The lobster roll is a popular sandwich in New England that consists of a mayo-based filling in a soft, toasted, and buttered bun. This classic sandwich is easily veganized in this Artichoke Lobster Roll. It uses artichoke hearts, vegan mayonnaise, and a touch of dulse seaweed flakes for that “fishy” flavor. Transport yourself to Maine with this delicious comfort food sammie!
9. BBQ Pulled Veggie Sandwiches
Summer may be over but we can still enjoy the flavors of barbecue. These BBQ Pulled Veggie Sandwiches have thinly sliced veggies tossed in tangy BBQ sauce and piled on a soft bun … HELLO! Bring a tray of these playful sandwiches to your next shindig and have fun watching them all disappear!
10. Maple Chipotle Meatball Grinders
These Maple Chipotle Meatball Grinders are sweet, savory, and a bit spicy. They have green onions, maple syrup, and Chipotle chilis – a fusion of Asian and Mexican flavors. You can opt to make homemade meatballs for these grinders, or use pre-made ones if you want to speed up the whole process!
11. Fried Tuna Po’ Boy
What can you do with vegan tuna? You can make a classic tuna salad sandwich or you can take a walk on the wild side and make this monstrous vegan Fried Tuna Po’ Boy. Sandwiched between two slices of baguette with a spicy remoulade sauce, creamy avocado, jalapeños, and crisp lettuce, these fried tuna balls are crunchy, spicy, and they taste amazing.
12. Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich
With tender, yet crunchy, cauliflower smothered in a spicy sauce, this Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich is an example of how to make good things even better by putting them between two slices of bread. Layered on fresh, crispy bread with spinach, it’s the perfect sandwich for summer parties, hang outs, and picnics. Serve as is or add some coleslaw to balance out the spicy cauliflower with something cool and crunchy.
13. Beet Hummus Panini With Smashed Avocado and Greens
Need a new kind of sandwich? Try this awesome Beet Hummus Panini With Smashed Avocado and Greens. The fresh greens and zucchini are cool and crisp in contrast to the warm, grilled bread, creamy avocado, and the earthy, garlicky beet hummus. It’s great cold as well, but grilling the bread brings a satisfying crispy crunchiness to the entire ensemble.
14. Cauliflower Steak Sandwich With Romesco Sauce
Garlicky cauliflower steaks are smothered in tangy Romesco tomato sauce and topped with a dollop of creamy cole slaw in these Cauliflower “Steak” Sandwiches. To say that they’re hearty and flavorful would be an understatement. We guarantee you’ll have one of those moments where you’re so satisfied and full, but are dying to go back in time just so you can relive eating this sandwich. Try it and you’ll see this is not a dramatization.
15. Korean BBQ Tempeh Sandwich With Kale Slaw
It’s not summer without something grilled! The perfect addition to any backyard barbecue or a quick dinner for a night in, these Grilled Barbecue Tempeh Sliders With Kale Slaw are flavorful and easy to make. Grilled, barbecue sauce-covered tempeh is served on a toasty bun with a delicious kale, red cabbage, and carrot slaw. Serve with all the fixings for a perfect barbecue dinner, like corn on the cob, baked beans, or a side of fries.
Whether you call them hoagies, subs, heroes, or grinders, we can all agree that these larger-than-life sandwiches are worth holding onto with both hands.
Lead image source: Philly Tofu Cheesesteak with Portobello Mushrooms