Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pizza Subs

I'm guilty of it - stopping by Subway, Firehouse Subs, Roly Poly or whatever sandwich shop may be on my way home at times.  It's silly when you think about it.  You're paying four bucks for a sub that you can easily make at home.  Plus you can make it more nutritious for your family too. 

I love pizza subs and they are one of my favorites to order out at a sandwich place.  Finally I decided I should start making my own at home though.  Here is the simplest way I found to create these good sandwiches without adding those extra calories and spending additional money from your wallet:

Pizza Subs

(I made three.  Make as many as you want!)

3 to 4 Hoagie style breads, cut in half - you can make your own OR use store bought (whole wheat would be best~)
Butter spread (I like Smart Balance best)
1 tsp of Garlic salt seasoning
1 tsp of Oregano or Italian seasoning
1 cup of tomato or pizza sauce (I use the all-natural Ragu or whatever I find on sale usually!)
Turkey pepperoni slices (About 3/4 cup at least for four sandwiches)
Shredded cheese - whatever kind you like best (I used reduced fat cheddar)
Additional veggies of your choice - onions, peppers, mushrooms
Additional cheese such as Parmesan - if desired

Directions: The measurements are approximate because my family is small and everyone likes different things on their sandwiches.  However, here are the basics you need to know:  Cut your hoagie bread in half.  Butter each bread with a knife.  Sprinkle the garlic salt on each bread.  Or use garlic powder and sea salt separately.  By buttering your bread, you give it that extra flavor; PLUS you can freeze any leftovers you have without the bread becoming soggy! 

Spoon out the tomato/pizza sauce on your hoagie breads.  About 1/8 to 1/4 cup on each bread slice should be enough.  Now lay out the turkey pepperoni slices on top of the sauce.  Cover every inch of that saucy bread!  :-)  Next sprinkle the Italian seasoning and/or Oregano over the pepperoni pieces.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.  Then add a bit more tomato/pizza sauce on top of that.  Here you add any additional veggies you may want here (onions, peppers, mushrooms, olives or whatever you like!).  Top each bread slice with your shredded cheese. 

Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about fifteen minutes.  The edges of the bread should be slightly brown and crispy.  Let it cool for a few minutes. 

You can eat it just like that - as pizza garlic bread.  Or you can put the bread pieces back together and you've got your own tasty Pizza sub, like this:

Mmmm, mmmm!   Just as good as Subway.  Maybe, hopefully even better! 

What kinds of other subs can you make at home to save you money and calories?  Got any ideas?  Share them here! 

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