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First things first: what is a hoagie? This term is certainly not used nation wide.

According to my National Day Calendar:

The hoagie consists of a meats, cheeses, vegetables, sauces and seasonings on a long roll of Italian or French bread.  The hoagie goes by many names including:

  • torpedo
  • grinder
  • hero sandwich
  • Italian sandwich
  • submarine sandwich
  • sub

“Hoggies” was a nickname for Italian workers at the Hog Island shipyard in Philadelphia during World War I.  These workers were known for bringing giant sandwiches for lunch.  The nickname became associated with the sandwich and the spelling has been altered over time.

Hoagie is a very ‘Philly’ term, but around my parts we just call them subs 🙂

I couldn’t find any great deals from all of the sandwich chains we all love so much, so I wanted to write a little bit about how to make hoagie-making cost efficient. With a meal like this, it’s a little tough, since almost all ingredients have to be fresh, from the bread to meats and cheeses, to veggie toppings.

GoodCheapEats.com gives us some great tips on how we can maximize our sandwiches at smaller costs. Recommendations include:

  • Buying big baguettes and chopping into smaller rolls
  • Turkey clocks in at the cheapest cost deli meat
  • Grilled chicken is also an inexpensive option and allows you to use bulk-brought frozen breasts
  • Tuna – canned, cheap!
  • Egg salad – you all already know how I feel about the incredibly budget-friendly, protein-building power of the simple egg
  • Don’t overbuy on the toppings! Most sandwiches just need some lettuce, a slice or two of tomato, maybe some onion, jarred pickles – don’t overcompensate toppings wise. Buy within reason, and it’ll be enough
  • Standard condiments – mayonnaise (jar, bulk buy, or even, make your own!), mustard, pesto (make your own!) – these are all simple and one container generally lasts a long time

It’s simple, although sandwiches are so easy to pick up on the go, don’t forget that if you have enough foresight, these are the easiest of meals to make, and can be immensely cost-efficient if you make them on your own.

Enjoy celebrating #NationalEatAHoagieDay!

America’s Better Sandwich

Stumbled upon a pretty awesome contest just now: America’s Better Sandwich.

Arnold/Brownberry/Orowheat’s promotion is rooted in the fact that they think the best part of any sandwich is their bread, but that what a consumer puts between the slices is what makes the big difference. They want to know what you put on your sandwich, and with what bread for an opportunity to win $25,000.

They’re looking for truly ‘better’ sandwiches, which not only means their appeal, but also their healthfulness. Pro tips: they’ll be looking strongly at whole grains, fibers, fresh, home-roasted meats + plant based proteins, veggies, herbs, and natural condiments.

I went through the process, and honestly, it’s really simple! If you’re as passionate about your sandwiches as I am, you might as well enter! You simply go through a quick registration process (or sign up via Facebook), pick which bread your sandwich would work best on, and describe it in detail. There’s even an option to upload a picture of it for further insight. Show them your stuff! Are they ready for the best spin ever on avocado toast? One upping a PBJ? Let them be the judge for your chance to win, and if nothing else, boast your mad sandwich making skillz.

As Liz Lemon once boldly stated, “Can I share with you my worldview? All of humankind has one thing in common: the sandwich. I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich.” Preach.

Sign up here.