Italian Mini Sub Sandwiches with Homemade Sub Sauce

These super simple Italian mini sub sandwiches with homemade sub sauce are perfect for summer. Easy to throw together and big on flavor. You’re going to love this!

Italian Mini Sub Sandwiches with Homemade Sub Sauce by Nutmeg Nanny
There is nothing better than a classic summer picnic. While I’m not one to hike off into the wilderness (if we have met you know I’m not much of an outdoorsman) but I do enjoy dining outdoors. Especially when the temperature is down and the lightening bugs are coming out to say hello. It’s just sings summer to me.

That is why I could not say no when I was asked to participate in the 30 Days of Outdoor Dining with Land O’Lakes and Kitchen PLAY. An event that highlights outdoor dining AND cheese…yes please!

I racked my brain to come up with the perfect recipe to highlight the new Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend. I wanted my recipe to not only be delicious, but I wanted it to work well with the cheese and be easy to eat outdoors. Lucky for me what I came up with totally fit the bill!

I went the sandwich route because I personally think a sandwich is the perfect picnic food. I used delicious Italian meats (prosciutto, sweet sopressata and hot capicola), roasted red peppers, spicy baby arugula, homemade sub sauce and of course Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend . I piled everything high on a mini crusty Italian roll and settled in.

It was hands down amazing! Since the cheese blend combines Asiago, Romano, Parmesan and American cheeses its nice strong flavor paired beautifully with the rest of the sandwich. Plus the homemade sub sauce added a nice burst of herb flavor.

So, if you need to find me the rest of the summer, I will be lounging on my back porch. Probably enjoying this sandwich…or a stack of delicious Land O’Lakes cheese.

Italian Mini Sub Sandwiches with Homemade Sub Sauce by Nutmeg Nanny


Italian Mini Sub Sandwiches with Homemade Sub Sauce

These super simple Italian mini sub sandwiches with homemade sub sauce are perfect for summer. Easy to throw together and big on flavor. You're going to love this!

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


For sandwiches:

  • 1/4 pound prosciutto - thinly sliced
  • 1/4 pound sweet sopressata - thinly sliced
  • 1/4 pound hot capicola - thinly sliced
  • 1/4 pound Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend
  • 4 roasted red peppers (from a jar, found in the Italian section of the grocery store)
  • Baby arugula - handful
  • Homemade sub sauce
  • 4 small crusty Italian rolls - split

For homemade sub sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Source: Nutmeg Nanny


For sandwiches:
Divide meat, cheese, peppers and arugula between the four rolls. Drizzle with homemade sub sauce and enjoy! If your subs will not be eaten right away, wait to add the sub sauce until right before you plan on eating them.

A quick note on Italian meats:
Prosciutto is a salty very thinly sliced Italian ham.
Sweet sopressata is a dry cured salami.
Hot capicola is a spicy cooked or dried pork meat.
All can be found in the deli section of your grocery store.

For Sub Sauce:
Combine all ingredients except olive oil. Whisk together and then slowly whisk in olive oil until combined. Adjust seasonings to taste and store in refrigerator.

Be sure to check Kitchen PLAY every day for the next fabulous recipe featuring new LAND O LAKES® 4 Cheese Italian Blend or LAND O LAKES® Deli American Cheese. Then, get in on the fun by leaving a comment with your own “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” tip for dining al fresco this summer. If you do, you’ll be entered to win a lovely grilling prize pack, including one grilling spatula, one marinade brush, one set of tongs and one grill scraper. Kitchen PLAY will be giving away four prizes total, one each week! Please visit Kitchen PLAY for sweepstakes guidelines.


Also, don’t forget to follow the “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” for more delicious summer recipe ideas. Follow Land O’Lakes on Twitter at @LandOLakesKtchn or search the hash tag #kitchenplay.

Disclosure: I received a full-value coupon to try this cheese, and this post was sponsored by Land O’Lakes as part of the Kitchen PLAY SideCar series. As always, opinions stated are my own.



19 Responses to “Italian Mini Sub Sandwiches with Homemade Sub Sauce”

  1. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    my stomach is growling. this looks phenomenal. give me!

  2. #
    Emily — July 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Oh my gosh this sandwich looks amazing!

  3. #
    Blond Duck — July 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Where did you find those sub rolls?

    • Brandy replied: — July 4th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

      I found mine right by the deli counter. They have a bunch of different little rolls. You can also find small rolls in the bakery section.

  4. #
    Erica — July 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Drooooool- a good sub sauce truly MAKES a sub. Perfect!

  5. #
    rebecca — July 4, 2012 at 12:17 am

    great sandwiches and we were enjoying the lighting bugs tonight 🙂

    • Brandy replied: — July 4th, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

      Lighting bugs are my favorite part of summer 🙂

  6. #
    Amy Kim — July 5, 2012 at 9:58 am

    How can anyone resist any mini-anything?? These look scrumptious!

  7. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — July 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Looks awesome darlin!! I’ll take 2 please. 🙂

  8. #
    Blond Duck — July 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I hope you had a good 4th!

  9. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — July 6, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Fantastic looking rolls, perfect for a picnic or a day at the beach!!

  10. #
    Suzanne — July 6, 2012 at 3:37 am

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  11. #
    Sommer@ASP — July 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

    So cute and delicious! I love that I get to eat more that one!

  12. #
    Kerstin — July 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Yum, these would be a big hit in our house! Love all those layers of flavor 🙂

  13. #
    Beth (kitchenminions) — July 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    In this heat, a no heat sandwich like this sounds like the perfect addition to our meal rotation. Thanks for posting!


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