Cold Italian Sub Sandwich Party Sliders are the thing to make for picnics, the beach, poolside, tailgating…and, well…parties! They are quick and easy to assemble and always a crowd favorite!
Italian Sub Sandwich Sliders to Satisfy Big Sandwich Cravings
Santini’s is a family-owned New York style deli chain near us that serves up the most amazing sandwiches, pizza + desserts. My all-time favorite is a sub called ‘The Godfather’. It is THE BOMB! (Do people still say that?)
I could drop in and order one or have it delivered anytime, but that could get out of hand real quick…especially because I can’t have one without their amazing curly fries on the side.
Solution? Recreate it at home with my own little variations to satisfy that craving!
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This is all about how the individual ingredients come together to create that undeniable Italian sub flavor — the salty bite of Italian deli meat, the briny spice of banana peppers, and the fresh crunch of dressed veggies.
But the bread…there’s nothing like fresh baked bread for sandwiches (or any reason…let’s be honest).
I went for homemade focaccia to get that little extra flavor it brings to the party. The book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoë François, is an amazing resource for having fresh baked bread all the time.
I halved their Olive Oil Dough recipe and using the entire batch, made a rosemary and sea salt focaccia in a 9” x 13” cake pan (following the directions in their Focaccia with Onion and Rosemary recipe). This yielded a nice thick loaf of focaccia that I was able to slice along the equator, then into 12 rectangles.
This takes some planning, so if you don’t have the time or aren’t being called to bake from scratch, the recipe below recommends slider, Hawaiian, or dinner rolls or store-bought focaccia. They’ll still be delicious!
The other items you’ll need…
For the Sandwich Dressing:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Red wine vinegar
- Garlic powder
- Dijon mustard
- Salt + pepper
For the Sliders:
- Provolone cheese
- Roma tomatoes
- Red onion
- Iceberg lettuce (trust me)
- Pickled peppers, like banana or cherry, mild or spicy
- Italian deli meat
I found a convenient antipasto pack of prosciutto, salami and coppa that suited me just fine. Feel free to mix up the variety of meat based on availability or taste.
Assembling the Sliders
There really isn’t a right or wrong way to do this, but I like to finish with the lettuce so it captures all the vinaigrette when you drizzle it on.
Stack them on a platter, pack them up for a picnic or add them to a tailgating spread. Your
fans friends will love them!
Related video: watch how to assemble these party sliders in this Instagram Reel!
More Party Sandwiches That You Gotta Try!
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- Air Fryer Spicy Fish Sandwiches with Creamy Yogurt Slaw
- Baked Hawaiian Roll Sliders with Chorizo + Cheese
- Tomato + Artichoke Two-Cheese Panini with Pesto Aioli
- Grilled Cheese with Chicken, Ricotta + Fig
- Super Easy Crispy Shrimp Sliders with Spicy Slaw
Cold Italian Sub Sandwich Party Sliders
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
- ½ tsp dijon mustard
- ½ tsp honey
- 1 tsp fresh oregano chopped fine (or a heaping 1/4 tsp of dried)
- ⅛ tsp paprika
- ⅛ tsp garlic powder
- fresh cracked pepper + kosher salt to taste
For the Sliders
- 12 slider buns Hawaiian rolls, dinner rolls or sliced focaccia or other Italian bread
- 6 oz Italian deli meat use 3 varieties, like Prosciutto, Capicola, Genoa Salami, etc.
- 6 oz provolone cheese sliced
- 2 roma tomatoes sliced
- ¼ red onion sliced thin
- sliced pickled peppers banana or cherry, to taste
- 3 cups iceberg lettuce shredded (by knife or with a box grater)
- In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the sandwich dressing. Set aside.
- Place your slider buns on a work surface. Remove the tops and set those aside.
- Add sandwich ingredients as follows:– Italian deli meat– Provolone cheese– Sliced tomatoes– Sliced red onion– Sliced pickled peppers– Shredded iceberg lettuce
- Drizzle the sandwich dressing all over the sandwiches then replace the tops.
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Loving the sound of this easy sandwich recipe. What a fun party food. I would serve it as a main dish with a side salad too.
Sherry Ronning says
I made this quick and easy party sliders for my family gathering the other day and it was a huge hit!! I will be making this recipe again!
What a clever way to serve sandwiches fir a party. I’ll be making these when we tailgate gate during football season. Thanks for sharing!!
This was a really huge hit at my house! Everyone loved it!
great to serve when friends comes over to visit me!
Kayla DiMaggio says
I love a good italian sub and this really hit the spot! Perfect for parties and if you have a big family to make an easy grab and go dinner!
These sliders look amazing. I will definitely make them next time I’m throwing a party. Thanks for the lovely idea!
This sandwich looks scrumptious! Can’t wait to have one in front of me on my plate! Yum! 🙂
These are so delicious, and perfect for entertaining.
Megan Ellam says
Damn these look incredible! Now I know what I want for lunch!
This looks like the ultimate sub sandwich! Love that it is made with fresh ingredients! Can’t wait to make this for the next big game!
Michael DiMaggio says
Love these sliders! They made the perfect appetizer for my guys night! Everyone was raving over them! Thank you for this recipe!
So glad they were a hit! Thanks for sharing!
Perfect for parties and so easy to make.. thanks for sharing
Cindy Mom, the Lunch Lady says
OMG this is perfect for Football Sunday! My hubby would love this. His go to sandwiches are Italian meats.
Mihaela | https://theworldisanoyster.com/ says
Focaccia sandwiches are out of this world! I wish I had that restaurant close to where I leave:)) This is not just a boring old sandwich! I love the idea of a garlicky dressing and a mix of various meats and cheeses! YUM!