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The Ultimate Party Sub
The Ultimate Party Sub Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

There are no two ways about it: A dressed-up, extra-large sandwich is the easiest way to feed a hungry crowd. So for your next picnic/barbecue/family gathering, make one (or several) yourself instead of ordering out. In this recipe, we use some of our favorite toppings, but you can remix it to suit your tastes. Serve the sub with a few sides (potato salad, veggie chips and pickles should do the trick) and you’ll be sure to get the party started.

4 to 6 servings

1 large ciabatta loaf

⅓ cup mayonnaise

⅓ cup Dijon mustard

1 head butterhead lettuce, roughly torn

2 tomatoes, thickly sliced

½ red onion, thinly sliced

6 ounces sliced Swiss cheese

6 ounces sliced provolone cheese

6 ounces sliced ham

4 ounces sliced salami

4 ounces sliced soppressata

6 ounces sliced turkey

1. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut the bread in half lengthwise. Place the halves cut side up on a large piece of parchment paper.

2. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the mustard to combine. Spread the mixture evenly across both halves of the bread.

3. Layer the lettuce, tomatoes and onions on the left half of the bread.

4. Layer the cheeses and meats on the right half of the bread. Put the two halves together.

5. Wrap the finished sandwich tightly in the parchment paper. The sandwich can be stored like this, refrigerated, for up to 4 hours.

6. When ready to serve, slice the sandwich while still wrapped in the paper. Serve immediately.

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