Not all recipes need to be difficult. I have written about this before but my inspiration for sandwiches is my father making me lunches as a kid. Even though, I grew up in a very traditional, old fashioned family, one of my fondest memories was my Dad’s sandwiches. The sandwiches were developed using leftovers from dinner. The Beef and Cheese Hoagie Sandwich presented here was borne to feed my son, who was on break from College.
Like all cooking, it may appear simple, but technique is still very important to its execution. In the case of this hoagie, how do I melt the cheese and get a good crunchy role. Quite simply! A cheese with a good melting point needs to be used. I used smoked gouda for this recipe. Gouda takes a few minutes to melt but not too long. So the sandwich was put in the oven once formed and the cheese gets a good melt while the bread gets toasted. My second little tip is having texture to the sandwich. I do this both by adding cabbage and hot pepper rings.
Expanding on the cheese, it really is the key to this sandwich. Obviously, picking a cheese flavor you enjoy is necessary. But knowing how it will melt, gives you the insight you need to cook the whole sandwich. If you use a really quick melting cheese, then the hoagie roll will need to be partially baked to begin with. If you use a very slow melting cheese (i.e., brie cheese), then you will need to put the meat and cheese in the oven first before the roll.
The spiced cabbage cut up.
The Beef and Cheese Hoagie Sandwich plated.
Beef Cheese Hoagie Sandwich
A simple sandwich like my father used to make for me that I made for my son. Beef Cheese Hoagie Sandwich dressed with slaw and melted cheese.
- 3 Slices Deli Roast Beef
- 4 Slices Gouda
- 1/4 Head Cabbage Rough Chop
- 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tsp Celery Salt
- 1 Tsp Black Pepper
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 Whole Hoagie Roll
- 5 Handful Banana Peppers
Take the rough chopped cabbage and mix with the spices, oil and vinegar. Set aside.
Open the hoagie roll and begin by topping with roast beef. Next, add the smoked gouda. Place on a baking tray and put in a 325 degree oven for 4 - 5 minutes. When the cheese is good and melted, remove from oven.
Top with a big handful of slaw and banana peppers.
Serve and enjoy!