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Italian Party Sub With Sweet Balsamic Onions And Basil Mayo

Italian Party Sub With Sweet Balsamic Onions And Basil Mayo

Servings 1 Sub
Author Melissa Sperka


  • For the sub you'll need:
  • 1 [20] inch Italian or French bread loaf
  • 1 lb thinly sliced honey ham
  • 6 oz sliced hard salami
  • 4 oz sandwich size pepperoni
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • garlic salt
  • Italian seasoning
  • olive oil
  • Sweet balsamic onions:
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 2-3 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2-1 tsp sugar or sugar substitute [to taste]
  • Basil mayo:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp prepared basil pesto [I used Classico]
  • Toppings:
  • lettuce and sliced Roma tomatoes
  • sliced black olives
  • sliced pepperocinis [banana peppers]


  • Use a serrated knife to cut the sub through the middle. Remove some of the inside of the bread loaf, and freeze for later use
  • Drizzle both sides of the bread lightly with olive oil, then sprinkle with garlic salt and Italian seasoning.
  • Layer the meats and cheese starting with cheese. Since cheese serves as a tasty "glue" I try to end my layers with meat, so, the top will be easily removable to add toppings and basil mayo later.
  • Place the top half on top, and wrap in aluminum foil. Place onto a cookie sheet.
  • Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 minutes.
  • Slice the sub into 2-inch portions and arrange on a platter.
  • Serve with lettuce, sliced tomatoes, mushrooms, pepperocini slices and slice black olives if desired.
  • To prepare the sweet balsamic onions: Mix together white balsamic vinegar sweetened to your taste and the sliced onion. Chill well. This can be done several hours in advance.
  • Basil mayonnaise: Mix together mayonnaise and a prepared basil pesto. Refrigerate until serving


This sub can made ahead of time, then wrapped in aluminum foil and refrigerated for a time saver. Allow to rest on the counter for 15 minutes before baking.