There’s something about a warm hearty sandwich that goes a long way after a day of exploring. And with the spicy Italian meats and sharp provolone cheese melted over everything, this is one of my campfire musts. Particularly on nights when I don’t want to spend any time prepping dinner and need to feed everyone quickly.
When it comes to camp essentials, things you will always find in my RV kit, aluminum foil is at the top of my list. From cleaning grill grates to lining pans, from wrapping foods to storing leftovers, it’s one of my essential kitchen tools.
For this recipe, the foil not only stores the sandwiches, that can be made hours ahead of time, it serves as the protective layer that lets us toast them right over the coals without burning, and also makes serving with no clean up a breeze.
And when it comes to all of the above, I go for make-ahead and ease over everything else when my focus is on spending time exploring and less time prepping and cleaning up each meal.
For this recipe, I take a childhood classic from hoagie shops and use cured meats to pre-make hoagies hours ahead that get warm and toasty sitting directly on the coals. You can customize each sandwich to your family’s liking and add toppings or remove as needed. Just make sure you remember whos is whos.
Don’t make the hoagies more than 8 hours ahead, as the lettuce can wilt and become soggy inside the wrapper. Alternatively, you can wrap these the night before and omit the lettuce altogether.