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State Fair Subs

My college roommate and I first ate these meaty sandwiches at the Iowa State Fair. After a little experimenting, we re-created the recipe. We ate the subs often because they were fast to fix between classes and didn't break our next-to-nothing grocery budget. —Christi Ross, Mill Creek, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 loaf (1 pound unsliced) French bread
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • Cut bread in half lengthwise; carefully hollow out top and bottom of loaf, leaving a 1-in. shell. Cube removed bread. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, milk, pepper and salt. Add bread cubes and toss to coat; set aside.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook sausage and onion until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add to the bread mixture. Spoon filling into bread shells; sprinkle with cheese. Wrap each in foil. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into serving-size slices.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 622 calories, 36g fat (15g saturated fat), 159mg cholesterol, 1280mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Apr 9, 2017

    I don't know if I did this incorrectly but my husband and I thought they were decent but not amazing. We found that there was WAY too much onion (and I even still cut back on it while cooking). I think to make this recipe better, I'd add minced garlic and some bell peppers. I think I'd also prefer a different kind of cheese. When I added a bit of mayo on my sub it really helped. 4 stars because while this didn't wow us, it has potential. I'd try it again.

  • sonyk728
    Jan 19, 2015

    Made these several times - delicious! We like to add green pepper and peperoncini.

  • jewellmrs
    Jun 16, 2014

    Love this! It is our 'go to' when there is a group of hungry guys. Just add a spinach/strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing and you have a whole meal. Since we always make at least 2 of these, we cook down the 'mild' Italian sausage and the 'hot' Italian sausage and mix them. Most times we make the recipe 'as is' but sometimes saute' other things with the meat & onions (like fresh garlic, mushrooms, green peppers). It is also fun to use 'flavored' French breads that we find at our local deli's. When the sandwich is assembled we brush the bread with melted garlic butter. This recipe is written in our family recipe book. It also makes a great French toast egg bake if the bread is all broken up (and not usually the whole loaf), the meat/onions/cheese and some cinnamon is spread over top, and 6 to 8 eggs are mixed with milk and poured over it. Soak it overnight & bake the next morning. Serve it with syrup. Be sure to grease your baking dish first and be sure to bring the dish to room temperature before putting it in the oven so you don't break the glass. This recipe serves many purposes and is great just the way it is. We have been using it since it was first published in 2001. God's blessings to you all! ~Mamma Mickey

  • babytaz1979
    Feb 23, 2014

    I made this a few years ago with minor changes. I used a combination of Italian sausage and breakfast sausage and I used mozzarella and Colby jack cheese. Family loved it

  • katanga01
    Mar 22, 2013

    These were a big hit! Everybody loved them and they were very easy to make. I made a few minor changes: I used hoagie buns, Italian sausage and a cheddar/mozzarella blend.

  • 2Mooreboys
    Mar 17, 2013

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  • raych32
    Jan 30, 2012

    This is one my favortie recipes. I like to use the Jimmy Dean maple flavor sausage.

  • powerma
    Feb 13, 2011

    very bland I was very disappointed because it looked so good.

  • daduk
    Nov 16, 2010

    I served this dish for for a snack and everyone really enjoyed it. I did use Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage, so it kinda had a breakfast flair to it, but it was delicious. Next time I will use Italian sausage to give it more of a sub taste that you would buy at a fair.

  • ldray18
    Sep 25, 2010

    I often buy the day-old loaves of French bread at the grocery store and this is one of our favorite ways to use up that bread. Very quick and yummy!