Recreating: the Pizza Sub

March 9, 2011

Pizza Sub

A couple of weeks ago I was craving an Italian BMT from Subway. So off to Subway I went, a place I hadn’t been to in 8 or 9 years, to get the sandwich I so loved. Luckily, footlong subs were on special for $5, because I about had heart failure upon seeing the normal price was $9 (yes, apparently I’ve become the old person who can’t believe how much things cost now).

I came home, opened up my sandwich, and blech! While it wasn’t bad, it was tasteless. I’m not sure if my tastes have changed, or their food has become more bland, but needless to say, it’ll probably be more than another 8 years before I think about trying Subway again. However, I still had the nagging craving for a BMT, so I went to the store and procured the ingredients to make my own.

What does this have to do with the Pizza Sub? Well, the Pizza Sub was my other favorite Subway sandwich. If I wanted a cold sandwich, I went with the BMT; if I wanted a hot sandwich, the Pizza Sub was my go-to. The night after having a BMT, I realized I had all the makings for a Pizza Sub, so into the kitchen I went.

Making the Pizza Sub

I started by laying out a large rectangle of aluminum foil and preheating the oven to 350°. I placed a sub roll flat on the foil, and covered it with a bit of marinara (nothing fancy, just Classico’s Tomato & Basil). On top of this, I sprinkled a bit of parmesan, oregano, and crushed red pepper.

Making the Pizza Sub

Next up was the meat and cheese. I put a couple of layers of pepperoni on one side of the bread, and a slice of provolone on the other (my preferred sandwich cheese). That’s it. I folded the sandwich back up, wrapped it in foil, and stuck it into the hot oven. My rule of thumb for cooking something like this is “when you can smell it (not burning, but just the yummy scent), it’s done”. If I had to put a time on it, I’d say somewhere around 15 minutes in the oven.

Take care opening the sandwich, and taking that first bite, that you don’t burn yourself. The tomato sauce is hot when it comes out of the oven!

Making the Pizza Sub

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