Super Simple Sub Sandwiches for a Large Group

These super simple sub sandwiches are quick and easy to prepare for a large group.

We offered these foil-wrapped hot and yummy subs for lunch at one of our recent retreats. They’re super simple to prepare ahead of time and provide a hearty and filling meal.

Making enough for 60 can seem daunting, but with just a couple of helpers, putting these sandwiches together took no time at all.

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Here’s what you need:

For the Italian Mayo:

2 parts mayo
1 part Italian dressing
Blend. Swipe both sides of each loaf of bread with it.

For the sandwiches:

Sliced (lengthwise) loaves of Italian bread (we used one long loaf for every three sandwiches – the size depends on how many you have and how big you want each portion to be).

Any or all of the following:

  • Pepperoni
  • Salami
  • Bacon
  • Cheeses (we used various kinds including pepper jack on some – it’s good to make sure to have some without the spicy cheese)
  • Bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Anything else you might like for an Italian/pizza sub

On the sliced loaves of Italian bread, slather mayo. Add any and/or all of the ingredients you want. Slice to serving size sandwiches (3 to 4 per long Italian loaf), wrap in foil, bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until cheese is bubbly and pepperoni oils soak into the bread. Serve hot.

Since we made these all up ahead of time, Lainie, the lady who cooks for us (and wow, she’s wonderful!) just stuck them in a preheated oven while she set out the salad bar and desserts. By the time that was finished, the sandwiches were hot and ready to be devoured.

Don’t forget your sides and desserts. We typically provide chips and a salad bar plus cookies, brownies, or cake for dessert.


Looking for more large group cooking options? Try these other recipes we use for our retreats:

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

Slow Cooker Taco Meat for Large Groups

Simplest Shredded Chicken Recipe Ever

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