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
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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 equals 833 calories, 53 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 113 mg cholesterol, 2321 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 40 g 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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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!"

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 :)"

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."

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. :-)"

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."

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