Meat-atarian Sub Recipe
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Meat-atarian Sub Recipe

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This sandwich is meaty but not overly salty; it's the ultimate football food. —Shanon Mayer, Mountain View, Wyoming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, halved lengthwise
  • 1 pound sliced deli ham
  • 2 packages (2.1 ounces each) ready-to-serve fully cooked bacon, warmed
  • 4 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 833 calories, 53g fat (21g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 2321mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 40g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine first eight ingredients. Spread over cut sides of bread. Layer with ham, bacon, pepperoni and pizza sauce; replace top.
  2. Wrap in foil; place on a large baking sheet. Bake 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Cut into slices. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Meat-atarian Sub in Simple & Delicious August/September 2011, p41

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nursekari User ID: 7429701 117732
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"Way too much sodium in this sub at 2,321 mg. You wouldn't be able to eat anything else for the day that has sodium in it if you have a serving of this sub. 2,300 mg sodium is the amount you should have for they DAY, not one meal!"

rrfrey21 User ID: 3107605 117713
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"The whole family thought that this was a very flavorful sandwich, but all they could taste was the pepperoni. But overall this was a great way to mix up our evening meal! I will make this again without the pepperoni though. Thanks for a great recipe :)"

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 212574
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2012

"These were good... Used individual club rolls instead and didn't bother with the bacon since I didn't have the ready-to-use stuff and didn't have time to cook bacon. Oh, and just realized I forgot the pizza sauce altogether! But overall, a very good sandwich."

BananaJackson User ID: 6343819 212573
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"I made a double batch of the "Meat-atarian" sub to take to a friend's house for Thanksgiving afternoon football food. It was a big hit! Very good. Not at all salty (as you might imagine from the ingredients). A perfect blend of flavors. Loved it and will make it again. :-)"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 133302
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"Wow! This sub is not for the faint of heart! Quite loaded with meat.

I made it as-is, but in hindsight, I agree with the other reviewer that this should be spread over 1 1/2 to 2 loaves of 16 oz bread.
Regarding the cheese mixture, I believe surface area is important. Luckily, all the store had was long, narrow loaves. The cheese ration was not bad on that loaf, but I imagine on a shorter, plumper loaf it would be."

EGoeller User ID: 1240710 212572
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"I made these on individual sub rolls for our crew at cropping time. They LOVED them! Individually wrapping them in foil before baking made it easy to transport to the field and kept them nice and warm. I know that these will be requested often."

howeavenue User ID: 6211932 196680
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"Please beware that the chees/butter/mayo mixture to spread on the bread is at least twice as much as you need. Everyone told me the subs were great but too much "mayo cheesey stuff." So I made it again, cutting bread spread in half. I also decided, why wrap in foil and keep the oven on so long (and my sandwiches were still not hot all the way through) when I could put them open face in the toaster oven and broil them. So a few minor adjustments to get a great sandwich!"

ldray18 User ID: 2818944 193655
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2011

"SOOOOO YUMMY! Highly recommend this recipe!! Did make one *slight* adjustment...It seemed like too much meat for just one french loaf, so I actually stretched it (cheese spread and all) over 1.5 loaves/lbs of french bread. Still had PLENTY of meat and cheese spread on it and was delicious."

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