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20 Decadent Sub Sandwich Recipes (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 01/27/2012 2:04 pm   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am


Sandwiches are amazing. What's not to love about our favorite ingredients stuffed between two pieces of bread? Clearly nothing, which is why we often turn to them as a lunch option -- sometimes even for breakfast. With the plethora of sandwich shops out there, the possibilities are endless. But sub sandwiches don't get a lot of love in our home kitchens.

More often than not, we stick to the simple combination of sandwich bread and cold cuts. And that just isn't right -- especially when we know just how very good they can be. That's not to say that a good cold-cuts sandwich doesn't hit the spot, but there's so much more potential for those pieces of bread.

We've put together a recipe gallery with 20 sandwich recipes you won't be able to resist. From the ultimate eggplant parmesan to Carolina pulled pork to shrimp po' boys, these recipes will make you wonder why you've been gipping yourself at home with quickly-thrown-together sandwiches. While some of these recipes do require more effort than the average meal (real, good barbecue requires work), others are a breeze to put together. And they all stand above the rest with interesting ingredients and twists on classic combinations.

What is your favorite sandwich? Leave a comment below!

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  • Loaded Italian Chicken Sub Sandwich

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bevcooks.com/2012/07/loaded-italian-chicken-sub-sandwiches/">Loaded Italian Chicken Sub Sandwich recipe from Bev Cooks</a></strong>

  • Lobster Roll with Homemade Tarragon Mayonnaise

    Get the <a href="http://www.alexandracooks.com/2012/07/03/homemade-tarragon-mayonnaise-a-squeeze-of-lemon-unbelievable-lobster-rolls/">Lobster Roll with Homemade Tarragon Mayonnaise recipe from Alexandra's Kitchen</a>

  • Sweetbreads Po’ Boys

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2011/12/sweetbreads-poor-boys/">Sweetbreads Po’ Boys recipe from Macheesmo</a></strong>

  • Buffalo Chicken Sub Sandwich

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.savoringthethyme.com/2012/09/the-ultimate-tailgating-buffalo-chicken-sub-sandwich-aka-hoagie-or-grinder/">Buffalo Chicken Sub Sandwich recipe from Savoring the Thyme</a></strong>

  • Pork Belly Banh Mi

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.mongastronomy.com/2012/05/sandwich-day-pork-belly-banh-mi.html">Pork Belly Banh Mi recipe from ferme à la table</a></strong>

  • Fried Shrimp Po-boy with Jalapeno Lime Ailoi

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.kitchenbelleicious.com/2012/05/17/fried-shrimp-po-boy-with-jalapeno-lime-ailoi/">Fried Shrimp Po-boy with Jalapeno Lime Ailoi recipe from Kitchen Belleicious</a></strong>

  • Indian-Style Meatball Sub Sandwich

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bevcooks.com/2012/11/indian-style-meatball-sub-sandwiches/">Indian-Style Meatball Sub Sandwich recipe from Bev Cooks</a></strong>

  • Spicy Turkey Meatball Parm Sub

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://smells-like-home.com/2012/06/spicy-turkey-meatball-parm-subs/">Spicy Turkey Meatball Parm Sub recipe from Smells Like Home</a></strong>

  • Italian Chicken Cutlet Sub with Broccoli Rabe and Provolone

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://foodblogga.blogspot.com/2009/06/whats-your-favorite-chicken-sandwich.html">Italian Chicken Cutlet Sub with Broccoli Rabe and Provolone recipe from Food Blogga</a></strong>

  • French Dip Sub with Onions and Swiss

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.talkinchowplayinhouse.com/2011/03/toasted-french-dip-w-caramelized-onions.html">French Dip Sub with Onions and Swiss recipe from Talkin' Chow Playin' House</a></strong>

  • Open-Faced Thai Peanut Chicken Sub Sandwiches

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bevcooks.com/2013/01/open-faced-thai-peanut-chicken-sub-sandwiches/">Open-Faced Thai Peanut Chicken Sub Sandwiches recipe from Bev Cooks</a></strong>

  • Turkey Sandwich With Pineapple Salsa

    For those who prefer a lighter sandwich, turkey topped with a pineapple salsa is a delicious option. The addition of aioli provides a nice garlicky kick. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/11/turkey-sandwich-with-pine_n_1088896.html" target="_hplink">Turkey Sandwich with Pineapple Salsa </a>recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Glazed-Salmon Sandwiches With Bacon

    Definitely not your everyday kind of sandwich, but for special occasions, why not indulge in a grilled salmon sandwich with salty crisp bacon on top? The addition of thinly-sliced tart apples really livens up the flavors. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-glazed-salmon-san_n_1058445.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Glazed-Salmon Sandwiches with Bacon</a> recipe</strong>

  • Eggplant Parm

    This is an eggplant parmesan sandwich like you've never experienced before! Forget having one layer of fried eggplant, this recipe calls for four -- with layers of tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil in between. A nice touch in this recipe: the eggplant is fried in oil with smashed cloves of garlic, lending a nice garlicky flavor. <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/eggplant-parm_n_1059519.html" target="_hplink"> Eggplant Parm</a> recipe</strong>

  • Fried Sole Sandwiches With Spicy Mayo And Pickles

    A simple baguette sandwich, packed full of goodness. Freshly-fried sole is topped with sriracha-spiced mayo, arugula and tangy pickles. This easy dish is one you would be happy to enjoy for lunch or dinner. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/fried-sole-sandwiches-wit_n_1061263.html" target="_hplink">Fried Sole Sandwiches with Spicy Mayo and Pickles</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Merguez Sandwiches With Caramelized Red Onions

    Merguez is a spicy North-African sausage, and if you are not yet familiar with it you'll certainly be glad to be. The sweetness of the caramelized onions, which are spiked with a hint of honey flavor, balance out the heat from the sausage. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-merguez-sandwiche_n_1058454.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Merguez Sandwiches with Caramelized Red Onions</a> recipe</strong>

  • Barbecue Brisket Sandwich With Herb Sour Cream

    This recipe might require a bit more time than you would normally put in for most sandwiches, but take our word, it's well worth the effort. The slow-cooked brisket is tender and juicy, and the homemade BBQ sauce far surpasses any of the store-bought varieties. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/barbecue-brisket-sandwich_n_1059854.html" target="_hplink">Barbecue Brisket Sandwich with Herb Sour Cream</a> recipe</strong>

  • Caramelized Onion, Chicken And Fontina Panini

    In our opinion, caramelized onions are the secret ingredient to making really great sandwiches. They have just the flavor to take things up a notch. Heating the sandwich after it has been filled is a nice touch too -- just lightly melting the cheese and warming the chicken. <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/caramelized-onion-chicke_n_1057252.html" target="_hplink"> Caramelized Onion, Chicken, and Fontina Panini</a> recipe</strong>

  • Sausage-And-Pepper Heros

    A mixture of red bell peppers, onions, garlic and oregano are sauteed together and then top this sausage sandwich. The recipe calls for chicken sausage, but if you prefer pork or beef, feel free to make the change. It's all made in the skillet for a quick preparation -- even the sandwich bread is toasted that way. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sausage-and-pepper-heros_n_1058666.html" target="_hplink">Sausage-and-Pepper Heros</a> recipe</strong>

  • Caponata, Mozzarella And Basil Panini

    Eggplant caponata is a tangy Sicilian version of the beloved French ratatouille -- a saute of eggplant, peppers and onions -- and it offers a strong potent flavor. With the addition of sweet basil and creamy mozzarella, this sandwich is sure to hit the spot. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/caponata-mozzarella-and_n_1057250.html" target="_hplink">Caponata, Mozzarella, and Basil Panini</a> recipe</strong>

  • Fried Green Tomato BLTs

    BLTs are a favorite classic sandwich and when they are topped with the southern specialty, fried green tomatoes, they become irresistible. Swapping out lettuce for baby arugula adds a nice subtle bite to this decadent sandwich. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/fried-green-tomato-blts_n_1059195.html" target="_hplink">Fried Green Tomato BLTs</a> recipe</strong>

  • Carolina Pulled Pork

    This recipe is for those who are serious about barbecue -- it's a mean sandwich with big, bold flavors. The pork is cooked on low heat in the oven for half a day, and then finished off on the grill. Once complete, you'll have the most tender and juiciest pork you can imagine. Top with your favorite barbecue sauce, it really doesn't need much else. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/carolina-pulled-pork_n_1059189.html" target="_hplink">Carolina Pulled Pork</a> recipe</strong>

  • Skirt Steak BLT With Basil Mayonnaise

    When you take two sandwiches you love -- BLTs and steak subs -- and combine the ingredients between just two slices of bread, you can almost never go wrong. The addition of basil mayonnaise elevates this sandwich even further. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/skirt-steak-blt-with-basi_n_1055168.html" target="_hplink">Skirt Steak BLT with Basil Mayonnaise</a> recipe</strong>

  • Oregon Tuna Melts

    The well-known tuna melt gets a welcomed make-over. The recipe starts as most tuna sandwiches, with a can of albacore tuna. But the addition of a balsamic vinaigrette and the use of ciabatta rolls in place of the more traditional sliced bread reinvents this classic in all the right ways. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/oregon-tuna-melts_n_1058587.html" target="_hplink">Oregon Tuna Melts</a> recipe</strong>

  • Pulled Barbecued Chicken Panini With Swiss And Red Onion

    This tasty panini is surprisingly easy to put together. Despite its bold flavors, It only calls for a handful of ingredients. And if you opt for rotisserie chicken rather than cooking your own, all you essentially have left to do is assemble the components together. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pulled-barbecued-chicken-_n_1061489.html" target="_hplink">Pulled Barbecued Chicken Panini with Swiss and Red Onion</a> recipe</strong>

  • The Modern Smoked Paprika Charred Chicken Sandwich

    Marinating the chicken in Worcestershire sauce and smoked paprika for just a short period of time is all it needs to come out nice and flavorful. Earthy fried mushrooms and sweet cherry tomatoes top the chicken, and making this simple sandwich rich in complex tastes. <strong>Get the <a href="https://editorial.huffingtonpost.com/slides/?page=edit&mode=brief&sid=206472&just_added=642941#slide_edit_form" target="_hplink">Modern Smoked Paprika Charred Chicken Sandwich </a>recipe</strong>

  • Mexican Chicken And Bean Sandwich

    Refried beans and thick cream take the place of traditional condiments in this hearty Mexican sandwich. Shredded chicken is topped with pickled onions and jalapenos, which offer a nice bite. Cilantro and avocado provide a taste of freshness. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/mexican-chicken-and-bean-_n_1056886.html" target="_hplink">Mexican Chicken and Bean Sandwich</a> recipe</strong>

  • Tijuana Torta

    All of the tasty ingredients you can find in a buritto, but instead of a flour tortilla, the torta calls for a hollowed-out roll. This version of the traditional Mexican sandwich is vegetarian friendly. Mashed black beans and guacamole fill the roll, and are topped with melted Monterey jack cheese. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/tijuana-torta_n_1061769.html" target="_hplink">Tijuana Torta</a> recipe</strong>

  • Shrimp Po' Boy

    A Louisiana classic, this shrimp po' boy is bursting with flavor and a breeze to put together. The shrimp is seasoned with paprika and chili powder, and the creamy cabbage salad helps balance out the flavors. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/shrimp-po-boy_n_1061731.html" target="_hplink">Shrimp Po' Boy</a> recipe</strong>

  • Ham, Gruyere, Honey And Red Onion Panini

    A panini is much like a sub sandwich except that the entire sub is grilled and flattened -- melting the cheese and warming all the ingredients inside. This panini calls for gruyere, which is a spicier cheese -- feel free to substitute for something a bit more mild (though we at Kitchen Daily love this cheese). A nice touch would be to quickly fry the ham before building the sandwich for a truly indulgent meal. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/ham-gruyere-honey-and-_n_1057254.html" target="_hplink">Ham, Gruyere, Honey and Red Onion Panini</a> recipe</strong>

  • Guinness-Marinated Bison Steak Sandwiches

    Beer and steak make such a wonderful pair, especially when they are combined in the kitchen. The steak is marinated in Guinness, soy sauce, molasses and garlic, ensuring a flavorful dish. Top with onions and cremini mushrooms and your steak sandwich is complete. <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/guinness-marinated-bison-_n_1061912.html" target="_hplink"> Guinness-Marinated Bison Steak Sandwiches</a> recipe</strong>

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