How to make a hero sized stuffed sandwich

How to make an awesome hero sized stuffed sandwich

There is nothing like a great picnic on a hot summer day. This hero sized stuffed sandwich is the absolute best sandwich I have ever made. It’s so easy and it travels well.

During the summer months, our family does a lot of boating or day trips to the beach. We like to get on the boat and go into the lake and anchor and do some swimming and stay out for the day. If the weather cooperates we can stay there all day. we swim and then take a break and have a meal and maybe play some board games, go for another swim and then watch the sunset on the lake. After the long day, we head back into the marina to dock the boat. We finish off the day around the fire table.

Our friends and my kids’ friends always request that this hero sized stuffed sandwich be the bring-along food for the day. I have yet to serve it and not have everyone come back for seconds.

This hero sized stuffed sandwich is easy to make ahead of time and serve whenever you’re ready to chow down. The secret is the sauce and the marinating process.

The flavours just pop after a couple of hours sealed in the bread.

Grocery list for this hero sized stuffed sandwich

  • unsliced Italian loaf of bread
  • tomato
  • sweet onion
  • green or red bell pepper
  • black forest ham
  • Hungarian salami
  • turkey breast sliced
  • lettuce
  • sliced cheddar
  • sliced mozzarella
  • vinegar
  • garlic
  • yellow mustard
  • olive oil
  • black pepper
  • butter

Kitchen tools needed to make this hero sized stuffed sandwich

Recipe for our Hero Sized stuffed sandwich

Hero Sized Stuffed Sandwich

This delicious hero sized stuffed sandwich is easy to make and easy to take anywhere. Choose your favorite ingredients or make the ones listed here. The special marinade enhances the flavors. its a treat everyone will love.
Prep Time30 minutes
Active Time3 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Yield: 6 slices


  • 1 Italian Loaf ( un-sliced)
  • 1 thinly sliced tomato
  • 1 thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 6 slices of black forest ham
  • 6 slices of hungarian salami
  • 6 slices chicken breast
  • 1 thinly sliced red pepper (slice into rings)
  • Iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices of old cheddar sandwich size sliced cheese
  • 4 slices mozzarella sandwich size sliced cheese
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter

Dressing/ Marinade

  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 2 tsbp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • On a cutting board, slice the italian loaf horizontally into two halves.
  • Carefully scoop out some of the bread, making the loaf nollow. (save the hollowed out pieces, they make great breadcrumbs for other recipes)
  • Slice the onion, pepper, and set aside.
  • Prepeare the dressing/marinade


  • In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk together – if you have a dressing bottle, you can use it in place of the bowl and shake well.
  • Slice the cheese slices corner to corner to make triangeles.
  • Arrange all of your ingredients in front of you
  • Butter the insides of both hollow side of the loaf
  • In the bottom half of the loaf, place a few leave of lettuce to cover the bottom.
  • Next,put a layer of 3 slices of meat
  • Place a layer of sliced onions on top of meat.
  • Add a layer of cheese, using 4 triage pieces
  • Add a layer of sliced tomatoes
  • Whisk or shake the marinade again and drizzle over the tomato layer (2 sandwiches shown in pic)
  • Place a layer of sliced peppers on top of tomatoes.
  • Continue layering the ingredients until you have used them all.
  • After every few layers, drizzle some marinade over the layer. .( It's ok if it runs off of the side a little, as long as it stays inside the loaf.)
  • Once you are finished, drizzle any remaining dressing/marinade of the top of your layers.
  • Place the hollowed-out top back onto the loaf, making sure all ingredients are inside.
  • Slide your loaf into the loaf bag and tie or wrap with plastic wrap to seal it. (2 loaves in pic)
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before you slice. (you can leave it for up to 4 hours)
  • To serve, remove from refrigerator and slice into desired sized pieces
    Hero sized stuffed sandwich
  • Sit back and enjoy!

Image Gallery of how to construct the hero sized stuffed sandwich

Using alternative stuffings in your hero sized stuffed sandwich

You can use your favourite cuts of meat and vegetables in this sandwich. Flaked meats, like tuna and salmon, are not the best choices as they don’t hold together very well.

Vegetarian Version – This recipe also works very well as a veggie sandwich. remove all the meat and double up on your favourite vegetables.

Possible substitutions include:

  • thinly sliced, red, yellow and green peppers
  • thinly sliced portabello mushrooms
  • thinly sliced cucumbers (sliced horizontally for best result)
  • thinly sliced zucchini ( sliced horizontally for best result)
  • dill sandwich slices
  • thinly sliced avocado
  • baby spinach leaves

How to store your hero sized stuffed sandwich

When first made, keep the hero sized stuffed sandwich tightly wrapped in aluminum foil and then inside an airtight bag for at least a couple of hours before eating.

This hero sized stuffed sandwich keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but it tends to get soggy by the end of the second day.

Make assembly of your hero sized stuffed sandwich easy

To make the process for quickly, slice all of your stuffings and lay everything out in an assembly line. you can easily alternate between stuffings and are able to better control the number of layers that you have.

Slicing the vegetables

Having uniform-sized slices will give your finished hero sized stuffed sandwich a more even look. When I am making my sandwich and slicing the tomato and onion and peppers, I use a slicer aid. This is an awesome tool that makes slicing so easy and keeps all your slices straight and the same size. . You simply push the prongs into your vegetables that you are slicing and slice in between the tines. This slicer can also be used for cheese and fruits.

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No picnic is complete without a great summertime salad. try our Broccoli Salad. It’s the perfect picnic side dish!

Using the leftover bread from inside the loaves

The leftover bread that you removed when hollowing out the loaf can be used to make breadcrumbs or saved for stuffing. Just put the pieces in a bag and freeze.

For the breadcrumbs

Put your bread pieces into a food processor and grind them into fine crumbs. Spread onto a baking sheet. bake in the oven at 350°F for about 15 minutes or until golden. Let cool and store in an airtight container for later.

The sandwich sauce

The sandwich dressing also works great as a salad dressing. I often make it ahead in a salad dressing bottle and use it in both sandwich recipes and also on my favourite green salad.

When making the sauce, it is best to make it in a shaker bottle. The dressing tends to separate when sitting and using the shaker makes is easier tp keep it thoroughly mixed.

The best dressing bottle!

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