How to Make Subway Sandwiches at Home

Three Parts:Creating Your Sub-Making StationPutting Your Sub TogetherTrying Traditional Subway Recipes

If you've ever craved a Subway sandwich but don't want to spend the time or the money going to the actual store, try making your favorite sandwich at home. Try some of the classics or get inventive and make your own. All you'll need is some great bread, the right toppings and a little creativity.

Part 1
Creating Your Sub-Making Station

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    Gather your selection of breads. Subway offers five staple selections of bread (as well as some limited-time only choices). In order to create your own Subway sandwich making station, you’ll need to purchase some great. The five main breads offer at Subway include[1]:
    • 9-grain wheat
    • 9-grain honey oat
    • Italian
    • Italian herbs and cheese
    • Flatbread
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    Get cheesy. Cheese is arguably one of the best parts of any sandwich. Don’t skimp on your selection while making your subs. Of course, if you come across a cheese you want to have more than the ones offered at Subway, get it! Subway’s selection varies from store to store, but depending on where you are, you might come across:
    • American
    • Monterey cheddar.
    • Feta
    • Mozzarella
    • Natural Cheddar
    • Natural Pepper Jack
    • Natural Provolone
    • Natural Swiss.
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    Satiate your hankering for meat. Of course, the main staple of a sub (apart from the vegetarians varieties) is the meat. There are a lot of different kinds of cold cuts (and some hot ones) to choose from. Aside from the hot selections that include meatballs, steak, chicken teriyaki, and buffalo chicken, the cold cuts you should lay out for your own subs include:
    • Turkey
    • Black Forest ham
    • Salami
    • Roast beef
    • Bologna
    • Pepperoni
    • Tuna salad
    • Bacon
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    Don’t forget the toppings. Of course, no sandwich would be as interesting if it didn’t have some delicious toppings. Fresh vegetables are a must so head to your local farmers market to get your supplies for your sandwiches. Items you should look for include[2]:
    • Cucumbers
    • Lettuce
    • Tomatoes
    • Red onions
    • Green Bell Peppers
    • Spinach
    • Banana Peppers
    • Jalapenos
    • Olives
    • Pickles
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    Lay out the finishing touches. To complete your awesome Subway sandwich, you’ll need some really great sauces. Stick to just one, or try a combination of many--the choice is up to you. Don’t forget salt and pepper along with the sauce of your choice. Among the sauce selections are:
    • Oil
    • Vinegar
    • Regular or light mayonnaise
    • Mustard
    • Honey mustard
    • Sweet Onion
    • Ranch
    • Chipotle Southwest

Part 2
Putting Your Sub Together

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    Lay down a large piece of wax paper. This will accommodate the length of the bread and will keep any dropped topping from getting on the table (so you can just stick them back on the sub). Lay your bread down on the paper and slice it in half lengthwise so that it opens up like a mouth (to gobble up all of those tasty ingredients).
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    Lay the meat out on the bread’s ‘top’. Once you have opened up your bread, flatten it down so that it stays open. Place your slices of meat on the half of the bread that has the top. The amount of meat you put on is up to you (since you’re making it at home and there’s no limit to how much you can put on!). Spread the meat out so that it covers the top.
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    Put the cheese on top of the layer of meat. At Subway, their cheese is cut into triangles. If you are going for really authentic, then cut your cheese into triangles. Whether you do this or not, lay the cheese out over the meat slices.
    • If you did cut them into triangles, tessellate the cheese. This means to alternate the slices so that they don’t overlap.
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    Toast your partially done sandwich if desired. If you like your cheese melted, turn on your oven and place your sandwich on a baking sheet. Stick it in the broiler or toaster oven for a couple of minutes (until the cheese melts and the bread starts to toast). If you prefer your sandwiches less toasty, skip this step.
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    Lay your veggies out on the bottom half of the bread. Make sure they are spread out. Again, since you are making your sandwich at home, there is no particular order you have to put your veggies on your sandwich in (plus everyone wants different things on their sub). In general, you might consider starting lettuce on first and then working your way through the larger vegetables and on to the olives/pickles/smaller things you might want..
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    Finish your sandwich with some delicious sauce. Again, the amount of sauce you put on your sandwich depends on your personal preference. Don’t hopelessly drown your sandwich though or your might end up with some really soggy bread. Put your sauce on top of the meat and cheese side and close that baby on up. It’s time to eat.
    • You might want to consider cutting your sandwich in half to make it more manageable.

Part 3
Trying Traditional Subway Recipes

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    Try an Italian BMT. Choose the sort of bread you want (Italian or Italian herb and cheese are popular choices for this sandwich) and then layer slices of spicy pepperoni, Genoa salami, and Black Forest ham. Make it with cheese, or choose to skip the formaggio (cheese in Italian) and go straight for the veggies. Top it all off with some oil and vinegar.[3]
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    Give the Subway Melt a try. This sandwich is packed with delicious meats and gooey cheese. Try out the 9-grain wheat and lay down some slices of ham, turkey, and bacon. Next, layer some slices of your favorite cheese on top and pop the whole thing into the oven for a couple of minutes. When the the sandwich comes out all melted and toasty, throw on some veggies and your favorite sauce for the final, delicious touches.[4]
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    Get into some finger-lickin’ fun with the Meatball Marinara sub. Whip up some fantastic meatballs and pour some marinara on top. Next, add your favorite cheese (mozzarella is always a good way to go) and stick it in the oven until the cheese melts. Delicious![5]


  • Use a serrated knife to cut through fresh bread without squishing it
  • Spinach leaves can make a good lettuce substitute.
  • Add other fillings you would like, even if they're not on the list.
  • You don't have to roll up the sandwich, but you can! Doing so keeps the goodies inside and squishes it a little so it all stays together better.
  • You can also use the microwave instead of the oven to melt the cheese.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Cellophane or waxed paper

Article Info

Categories: Sandwiches and Quick Meals