We had a hard time deciding what to call this dip, which is perplexing considering how tasty and fun it is.
Here in our part of New Jersey we call a sandwich that’s on a long Italian roll and stuffed with deli meats and cheese with some lettuce and tomato a Hero. But if I asked what you would call this sandwich you might say a Hoagie, Sub (or Submarine), Grinder, Po-Boy, or maybe something else, depending on where you live.
We aren’t the type to dictate naming conventions (except for our 3 year old niece who says Pop instead of Soda, despite her mother being a born and raised NJ native).
Since we couldn’t decide we just went with Submarine Hero Hoagie Dip.What do you think? Eh… Kind of a mouthful (pun intended!!). Tell you what, why don’t we put it to a vote. What would YOU call this?
Anyway, naming issues aside, this dip is really quite tasty despite it not being the most photogenic of our creations. With shredded lettuce, diced tomato, and thinly sliced ham, salami, and cheese, this dip tastes just like a Hero only it can be scooped onto your favorite crunchy carb of your choosing. Personally, I prefer a nice thin slice of fresh Italian bread.
Recipe: Hoagie Dip
- 1/2 lb ham
- 1/2 lb salami
- 1/2 lb american cheese (tell deli to slice medium to thick)
- 1/2 head of lettuce
- 1 small white onion
- 1 large tomato
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 cup mayonnaise (we used light)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Rolls, cut into thin slices for dipping
- Dice the cold cuts, thin. Chop the onion, tomato, and lettuce*.
- Combine the vegetables and cold cuts in a mixing bowl. Add the mayonnaise, olive oil, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and oregano and mix until all combined.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
*Note: If you’re serving the dip more than 4 hours from when you make it, wait until the last minute to put the lettuce in so it doesn’t get soggy.
**Thank to our friend Brooke for introducing us to this dip last month!