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This is what Wikipedia has to say about submarine sandwiches:

“A submarine sandwich, also known as a sub, wedge, hoagie, hero, grinder, or Italian sandwich, is a type of sandwich that consists of a length of bread or roll split lengthwise and filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments.

Sausage, Onions and Pepper Sub Sandwich / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman /

“The sandwich has no standardized name, with over a dozen regional variations used across the U.S. Larger submarine sandwiches, particularly those that are longer in length or overstuffed with greater quantities of ingredients than usual, are sometimes called battleship sandwiches or destroyer sandwiches.”

A destroyer sandwich.  Oh my word.  I kind of like it.

I was testing this when Jack and his friend Nic came home from something, on their way to something else (oh, God, am I becoming that Mom that actually needs to pay attention to those ads where it says: “It’s 10 o’clock.  Do you know where your children are?”) No, I am not becoming that mom.  It was 1 in the afternoon for the record.

Sausage, Onions and Pepper Sub Sandwich / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman /

Anyway, they murdered this destroyer sub.  And then went on to some steak fajitas.  Anyone out there have teenage boys?  It’s both fun and frightening to watch them eat, isn’t it?

My brother and sister-in law have three boys who are now 20 to 26.  When they were teens, I remember she put out a bowl of fruit the size of a small sled, when her guys were teens and mine were still little.  I must have asked if she were expecting lots of guests, or perhaps hosting an open-house for pirates with scurvy, because I remember her answering, “Oh, no, this will be gone in 2 days.”

Flash forward a half dozen years, and yes, now I get it.  Jack can kill a 3-pound bag of Clementines in a sitting.  Lest you think I am bragging about my child’s amazingly healthy eating habits, I should also mention that he can demolish half of a family size bag of tortilla chips and a jar of salsa in a sitting as well.

Anyway, after finishing this sub, and saying, “I’m stuffed,” he and Nic went on to eat a steak fajita about 15 minutes later.  Sometimes I feel like a cross between a cook and Jane Goodall.

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Sausage, Onions and Pepper Sub Sandwich

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 People
The sandwich we all gravitate towards at street fairs, state fairs, anywhere someone is selling them.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 red onion halved and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • ½ jalapeño stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3 spicy or mild pork sausages about ¼ pound each


  • In a large skillet, heat one tablespoon of the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers, and jalapeno, sprinkle over the sugar, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for about 8 to 10 minutes until fairly tender. Transfer to a plate, and carefully wipe out the hot skillet.
  • Return the skillet to medium high heat, add the sausages to the skillet, and cook, turning them somewhat frequently, for about 10 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through. Cut them into pieces that will comfortably fit into the buns.
  • Pile the pepper and onions and sausage in the buns. Cut in half if desired, and serve.


This is the perfect sandwich for filling up teens’ bellies. Feel free to use whatever type of peppers and sausage you have on hand.


Calories: 623kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 52g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 122mg, Sodium: 1087mg, Potassium: 628mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 2028IU, Vitamin C: 85mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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