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Make-Ahead Italian Hoagies

There’s something about a warm hearty sandwich that goes a long way after a day of exploring.

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. 
 

Kita With Hoagie Ingredients
Slice each hoagie roll down the middle and add a thin layer of mayo to each. Layer on the provolone, Pepperoni, ham, and salami evenly over each hoagie roll.
assemble hoagie
Drain some banana peppers and roasted red peppers on a paper towel. Layer them in the center of the sandwiches along with some thinly sliced onion. Sprinkle the shredded iceberg lettuce over each.
hoagie in foil
Fold the sandwiches together and wrap them in a 12x12 piece of aluminum foil. Place the sandwiches over a hot campfire directly on the grill grate, or along the outer rim of the fire, directly on the coals. Rotate every 4 to 5 minutes for about 15 minutes until the sandwiches are heated through.
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Serve and eat!

Make-Ahead Italian Hoagies

You'll Need

  • 6 hoagie rolls
  • Mayo
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 24 slices sandwich pepperoni
  • 24 slices ham
  • 24 slices salami
  • Banana peppers
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Thin slices white onion
  • Chopped iceberg lettuce

To Make

1. Assemble the Sandwiches - Slice each hoagie roll down the middle. Add a thin layer of mayo to each roll. Layer on the provolone, Pepperoni, ham, and salami evenly over each hoagie roll. Drain some banana peppers and roasted red peppers on a paper towel. Layer them in the center of the sandwiches along with some thinly sliced onion. Sprinkle the shredded iceberg lettuce over each. Fold the sandwiches together and wrap them in a 12x12 piece of aluminum foil. 2. Grill the Sandwiches - Place the sandwiches over a hot campfire directly on the grill grate, or along the outer rim of the fire, directly on the coals. Rotate every 4 to 5 minutes for about 15 minutes until the sandwiches are heated through. 3. Serve - Carefully peel back the foil and serve the sandwiches hot. The cheese will have melted and the sandwiches will be toasty. I serve directly in the foil, folding back as I eat so no other dishes need to be used for these sandwiches and the mess remains minimal.

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Kita Roberts is a professional photographer, content creator and social influencer – the lead creative force and “meat maven” behind Girl Carnivore. An authority on all-things-meat, Kita aims to show people that cooking isn’t a high-brow science and can be tackled by anyone who’s willing to get a little dirty.