This article was originally published in March 2015
Whether you call it a hoagie, hero, grinder or something else entirely, the submarine sandwich has held court in delis across the United States for more than 60 years. Assembling your own can be simple and fun; you’ll find high-quality sliced meats and cheeses at your local PCC as well as an assortment of artisan bread to make the perfect sub. Add a salad or soup from the PCC Deli to complete your meal.
Rethink the classic combo of meats, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion on your sub sandwich. Here are three fresh ideas to get you started.
Transfer the components of this classic French salad between slices of olive bread for a tasty sandwich twist. Chunks of tuna, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, mixed greens and Dijon combine for a flavor explosion.
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Prosciutto Pesto Panini
Focaccia or ciabatta bread is the perfect carrier for this sandwich that features pesto, thin slices of prosciutto, arugula and mozzarella.
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Roast Beef Banh Mi
More traditional iterations of this Vietnamese sandwich feature pork or steak but sliced roast beef easily can be substituted in their stead. Carrots, cilantro and a spicy-sweet sauce round out this chewy baguette.
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Local breads we love
Macrina Bakery Baguette
A classic French loaf with a soft interior and crunchy exterior. Choose from Plain or Seeded.
The Essential Baking Company Focaccia
Lightly seasoned with rosemary, sea salt, pepper and roasted onions.
Grand Central Bakery Ciabatta
Meaning “slipper bread” in Italian, this loaf has a crispy crust and distinctive chew.
The Essential Baking Company Olive
Rich with robustly flavored green Atalanti and black Kalamata olives.
Deli meat and cheese
Add a bit of cheesiness to your sandwiches with ready-to-go slices and block cheese. Rumiano offers organic choices made from the milk of grass-fed cows that also have the distinction of being the world’s first Non-GMO Project Verified cheese. Choose from Havarti, cheddar and pepper jack slices. If you’re looking for good melting options, pick up organic mozzarella slices from Cadia or try Organic Valley American Singles that are 100% real, unprocessed American cheese. Like a nice, sharp cheddar? Check out Mainland New Zealand Cheddar.
Buy your cold cuts by the pound in the PCC Deli and get just the amount you need, or pick up packaged slices in the meat department. All of our choices are additive-free and come from sustainably raised livestock that are fed vegetarian diets.
In the PCC Deli, you’ll find Oven Roasted Turkey Breast and Smoked Turkey Breast from Diestel Turkey Ranch. If pork is your preference, we have ham from Beeler’s Pork and prosciutto and salami from Fiorucci. Or get some of our PCC grass-fed roast beef, hand-rubbed and roasted to perfection in-house.
Make it a meal
Soup from the PCC Deli
You’ll find an ever-rotating assortment of seasonal soups in the PCC Deli, with a selection in each store that varies day to day. All of our soups are made from scratch, including the turkey, chicken and veggie stocks that form their base, and they feature organic pasta, grains and beans. Take home hot soup from the soup bar or find refrigerated pints and half pints in the deli case.
3 spring salads to try
Seasonal spring dishes are starting to pop up in the PCC Deli, and these three salads are back after making their debut last year. Packed with fresh ingredients, they’re extremely tasty and hearty enough for a crowd.
Radishes, garbanzo beans, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese mingle with the unique flavor of sumac in this Mediterranean-inspired salad.
Turnip the Greens
Shredded turnips, peas, kale and sliced radishes are combined in a light basil pesto and topped with Parmesan cheese.
Rockin’ Raw Kale Salad
Lacinato kale and crisp apples are paired with chunks of creamy avocado and radish slices, then tossed in a sweet honey-lemon-ginger dressing.