National Hoagie Day
Ah, the hoagie, also known as the sub(marine) sandwich, grinder, hero, Italian sandwich, po’boy, and torpedo. Essentially, these are all the same thing – you choose the meat and cheese; lettuce, tomato, onion, and an oregano-vinegar dressing is added; and everything is place on a big roll. However, the Italian Sandwich is pretty specific about your meat and cheese. It must be ham, prosciutto, salami, and provolone cheese along with all the fixings from above.
The term “hoagie” originated in Philadelphia whereas the term “hero” originated in New York. So, sorry if me honoring National Hoagie Day with a hero sandwich is going to cause some kind of rift between the hoagie eaters and the hero eaters! Anyway, go read the articles here and here if you are interested in the origins of these sandwiches.
Roasted-Pepper and Chicken Heros
Adapted from Gourmet
1 skinless boneless chicken breast, halved horizontally
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
2 sub rolls, halved horizontally
2 roasted red bell peppers, cut into strips
1 cup baby spinach
1 roma tomato, sliced
- Rub chicken with 1 tablespoon oil, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Whisk together vinegar, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and add 2 tablespoons oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified. Brush each cut side of bread with a quarter of dressing and set aside.
- Heat grill pan over high heat until hot, then grill chicken, turning over once, until just cooked through, about 6 minutes per side.
- Place roasted red bell peppers, spinach, tomato, and chicken on one side of the bread and top with the other half.