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Stacked with meat, cheese, and veggies, this party sub is the perfect addition to your game day menu.
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  1. Party Sub Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Party Sub Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This ultimate party sub is a fun dish to add to the menu for your next event. Loaded with cheese, meat, veggies and sauce, all on fresh bread, your guests will love the novelty of this giant sandwich.

Our football cheese ball and bacon cheeseburger sliders are both great choices to add to the menu for the big game.

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Party Sub Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 2 (1-pound) loaves of frozen white bread loaf dough (Once thawed, you will cut one of the loaves in half so that you have a total of 1½ pounds of white bread dough – see step 3)
  • ½ head small iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced thin (⅛ -¼-inch thick)
  • ½ small red onion, sliced thin (⅛ -¼-inch thick)
  • ⅓ pound deli provolone cheese, thin sliced
  • ½ pound deli tavern ham, thin sliced
  • ¼ pound mortadella, thin sliced
  • ¼ pound capicola, thin sliced
  • ¼ pound Genoa salami, thin sliced
  • ¼ pound sandwich pepperoni, thin sliced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard

PRO TIP:

For this party sub, I chose classic Italian sub meats and cheese. You can make whatever meat and cheese combinations you prefer. A great party sub combination is Muenster cheese with turkey breast, ham, roast beef, lettuce, and tomato. The options are endless and very customizable.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHEESE: Pretty much any cheese that you like will taste delicious on this sub. Swiss cheese, Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, and cheddar are all great choices.

MEAT: You could use any type of deli meat you’d like on your party sub. Ham, turkey, chicken, mortadella, salami, prosciutto, and even bacon would be delicious. 

TOPPINGS: You can customize your sandwich ingredients to your liking. Banana peppers, jalapeño peppers, pickles, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce are all tasty choices.

How To Make This Party Sub Recipe

PRO TIP:

If you do not want to take the time to thaw, proof, and bake the white bread loaves, you can substitute 2 (11-ounce) cans of the refrigerated french bread loaves that come in the tube. Pillsbury brand makes an original french bread option. This is an easy shortcut, but you will need to follow the package directions for bake times. You will place the 2 loaves into the prepared bundt pan and pinch the ends together just like the thawed white bread loaves.

STEP ONE: Spray a standard (12 cup) bundt pan with baker’s spray and set it aside.

PRO TIP:

You can thaw, rise and bake your loaf of bread the day before you plan to assemble and serve your party sub. Do not slice your loaf until you are ready to assemble, as this will keep your bread loaf fresher. You will want to allow your baked bread to cool completely, then you can wrap it in plastic wrap, or you can store it in a bundt cake carrier until you are ready to assemble your party sub.

STEP TWO: Remove the 2 (1-pound) loaves of the frozen white bread dough from the freezer and thaw according to package directions. I thawed mine on the counter, and it took 1½ to 2 hours.

STEP THREE: Once thawed, you will cut one of the bread loaves in half, giving you a total of 1½ pounds of thawed white bread dough that you will use. You can discard the extra piece of thawed dough or do something else with it.

Party Sub process shot of bread loaves cut in half on a wooden board

STEP FOUR: Shape the two thawed pieces (the 1-pound and one of the ½-pound pieces) of the white bread dough into a long rope shape about 16 inches long. You will need to pinch the two pieces together to form a ring. Place the ring into the bottom of the prepared bundt pan. Make sure that the ring is as symmetrical as possible so that your baked sub ring is evenly shaped.

Party Sub process shot of dough shaped into a rope and placed in a bundt pan

STEP FIVE: Cover the bundt pan with a piece of plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise on the counter for 3 to 6 hours, or according to your package directions, so that your dough doubles in size. This time varies greatly due to the temperature in your home. If it is very cool or very warm, the dough will rise accordingly.

Party Sub process shot of plastic wrap placed on top of the bundt pan

STEP SIX: Once your dough has doubled in size, preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the baked bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert it onto a cooling rack to cool completely. 

Party Sub process shot after dough is baked in a bundt pan

STEP SEVEN: Once completely cool, slice your bundt-shaped bread loaf in half horizontally and place it onto a serving tray.

Party Sub process shot of bread loaf cut in half horizontally and placed on a serving tray

STEP EIGHT: Remove the top half of your sub loaf and place it to the side. On the bottom half, start by layering the provolone cheese, overlapping the slices, to cover the entire circle loaf.

Party Sub process shot of cheese placed on top of the loaf

STEP NINE: Next, you will place the ham slices, folded in half and overlapping, to cover the provolone cheese slices. You will follow that with the mortadella, then the capicola, the Genoa salami, and finally the sandwich pepperoni slices.

Party Sub process shot of ham, mortadella, capicola, Genoa, salami, and pepperoni placed on top of the cheese

STEP TEN: Carefully top the layers of meat with the shredded iceberg lettuce. 

Party Sub process shot of meat topped with shredded iceberg lettuce

STEP ELEVEN: Separate the red onions into individual rings, arrange them on top of the lettuce, and follow that with the tomato slices.

Party Sub process shot of onion rings placed on top of the lettuce then topped with tomato slices

STEP TWELVE: In a small mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise and yellow mustard. Generously spoon the sauce over the top of the vegetables

PRO TIP:

If you do not want to place the mayonnaise and yellow mustard sauce onto the party sub when assembling it, you can place the sauce into a small serving dish and allow your guests to add it to their personal servings. Alternatively, you can omit the mayonnaise and yellow mustard sauce and replace them with a red wine vinegar dressing. Both options are delicious. 

Party Sub process shot of mayo and jello mustard sauce spooned over the top of the tomato slices

STEP THIRTEEN: Place the top of the sub bread that was set to the side onto the top of the party sub.

STEP FOURTEEN: Slice your party sub into eight equal portions. 

PRO TIP:

A bundt cake carrier is a great way to store, serve and transport your party sub. These have sturdy lids that lock into place and will keep your sub covered easily while it is being stored in the refrigerator or transported to an event.

How To Serve

Serve this cold sub on game day when you need to feed a crowd. Of course, you may want to add some extra appetizers and desserts alongside this yummy sandwich. Our cucumber bites and sausage bites along with our chocolate peanut butter lasagna all fit the bill.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Your party sub should be stored in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap, until ready to serve. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days; however, the bread may start to get soggy from the moisture of the tomatoes and sauce after one day.

IN THE FREEZER: This sandwich will not freeze well as the bread and toppings will get soggy. This party sub must be made fresh for the best results.

close up shot of a Party Sub with slices missing on a plate

These subs make great party food when you have a large group of friends that you need to feed. Everyone will be astounded at how yummy it looks when this sandwich appears on your food table. Piled high with all your favorite toppings, you won’t be able to get enough of this tasty recipe.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this sub?

This party sub won’t freeze well as the bread and topping veggies will get soggy. This recipe must be made when you are ready to serve.

Can I use different toppings on this sub?

This party sub is completely customizable. Top with any (or all) of your favorite meat, cheese, and veggies for the perfect sandwich. 

Can I make this sandwich ahead of time?

You can make the bread ring ahead of time but wait to slice it until you assemble the sub.

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Party Sub

5 from 1 vote
Stacked with meat, cheese, and veggies, this party sub is the perfect addition to your game day menu.
Prep Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 loaves frozen white bread loaf dough (1-pound loaves) (Once thawed, you will cut one of the loaves in half so that you have a total of 1½ pounds of white bread dough – see step 3)
  • ½ head small iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced thin (⅛ to ¼-inch thick)
  • ½ small red onion, sliced thin (⅛ to ¼-inch thick)
  • pound deli provolone cheese, thin sliced
  • ½ pound deli tavern ham, thin sliced
  • ¼ pound mortadella, thin sliced
  • ¼ pound capicola, thin sliced
  • ¼ pound Genoa salami, thin sliced
  • ¼ pound sandwich pepperoni, thin sliced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard

Instructions
 

  • Spray a standard (12 cup) bundt pan with baker’s spray and set it aside.
  • Remove the 2 (1-pound) loaves of the frozen white bread dough and thaw according to package directions. I thawed mine on the counter, and it took 1½ to 2 hours.
  • Once thawed, you will cut one of the bread loaves in half, giving you a total of 1½ pounds of thawed white bread dough that you will use. You can discard the extra piece of thawed dough or do something else with it.
  • Shape the two thawed pieces (the 1-pound and one of the ½-pound pieces) of the white bread dough into a long rope shape about 16 inches long. You will need to pinch the two pieces together to form a ring. Place the ring into the bottom of the prepared bundt pan. Make sure that the ring is as symmetrical as possible so that your baked sub ring is evenly shaped.
  • Cover the bundt pan with a piece of plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise on the counter for 3 to 6 hours, or according to your package directions, so that your dough doubles in size. This time varies greatly due to the temperature in your home. If it is very cool or very warm, the dough will rise accordingly.
  • Once your dough has doubled in size, preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the baked bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Once completely cool, slice your bundt-shaped bread loaf in half horizontally and place it onto a serving tray.
  • Remove the top half of your sub loaf and place it to the side. On the bottom half, start by layering the provolone cheese, overlapping the slices, to cover the entire circle loaf.
  • Next, you will place the tavern ham slices, folded in half and overlapping, to cover the provolone cheese slices. You will follow that with the mortadella, then the capicola, the genoa salami, and finally the sandwich pepperoni slices.
  • Carefully top the layers of meat with the shredded iceberg lettuce.
  • Separate the onion slices into individual rings, arrange them on top of the lettuce, and follow that with the tomato slices.
  • In a small mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise and yellow mustard. Generously spoon the sauce over the top of the vegetables and place the top of the bread that was set to the side onto the top of the party sub.
  • Slice your party sub into eight equal portions.

Notes

Note: For this party sub, I chose classic Italian sub meats and cheese. You can make whatever meat and cheese combinations you prefer. A great party sub combination is Muenster cheese with turkey breast, ham, roast beef, lettuce, and tomato. The options are endless and very customizable.
 
Note: If you do not want to take the time to thaw, proof, and bake the white bread loaves, you can substitute 2 (11-ounce) cans of the refrigerated french bread loaves that come in the tube. Pillsbury brand makes an original french bread option. This is an easy shortcut, but you will need to follow the package directions for bake times. You will place the 2 loaves into the prepared bundt pan and pinch the ends together just like the thawed white bread loaves.
 
Note: You can thaw, rise and bake your loaf of bread the day before you plan to assemble and serve your party sub. Do not slice your loaf until you are ready to assemble, as this will keep your bread loaf fresher. You will want to allow your baked bread to cool completely, then you can wrap it in plastic wrap, or you can store it in a bundt cake carrier until you are ready to assemble your party sub.
 
Note: If you do not want to place the mayonnaise and yellow mustard sauce onto the party sub when assembling it, you can place the sauce into a small serving dish and allow your guests to add it to their personal servings. Alternatively, you can omit the mayonnaise and yellow mustard sauce and replace them with a red wine vinegar dressing. Both options are delicious. 
 
Note: A bundt cake carrier is a great way to store, serve and transport your party sub. These have sturdy lids that lock into place and will keep your sub covered easily while it is being stored in the refrigerator or transported to an event.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1730mg | Calcium: 166mg | Vitamin C: 6mg | Vitamin A: 539IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 348mg | Cholesterol: 83mg | Calories: 460kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Fat: 39g | Protein: 24g | Carbohydrates: 4g | Iron: 1mg
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