This Garlic Bread Sandwich Loaf recipe has loads of goodies layered inside, then it’s doused with a combination of melted butter, garlic, parmesan and parsley.
This Garlic Bread Sandwich Loaf recipe was born out of my daughter’s love for – wait for it – SUBWAY. haha!! The girl begs me to go on a daily basis and I actually take her about once a week. She always orders the same thing: ham, bacon, pickles, banana peppers, red onion, lettuce, tomato, mayo.
Every. Single. Time.
So I decided to come up with my own version of her sandwich but make it BETTER. This sandwich loaf recipe is SO GOOD, your whole family will devour it. Guaranteed.
It’s reminiscent of pull-part bread which everyone seems to adore. This Cheesy Chive & Garlic Pull-Apart Bread or this Blue Cheese Bacon Bread are both good examples. Still, those are appetizers while this recipe is a meal.
Making an entire sandwich loaf is simple and I love that it feeds my family for a meal. It’s not a healthy version in any way – I douse this bad boy in butter, garlic and parmesan – but it is DELICIOUS. The outside of the bread gets nice and crusty while the inside is soft with a little gooey cheese. Salami and ham are the meat of it (literally!) and pickles plus banana peppers add a nice crunch and flavor balance.
I left out a few things that I mentioned my daughter gets on her sandwich, but only because it’s baked and I just don’t care for hot lettuce and tomato. Spinach would be a good choice if you really want some greens and the tomato would be fine, I’m sure. I left off the bacon entirely by accident but – for once!! – I didn’t miss it.
The key to this sandwich loaf recipe is to make your slices crosswise before you pour on the garlic butter mixture. This allows some of it to seep down between the layers which – trust me on this – YOU WANT.
I usually serve my Garlic Bread Sandwich Loaf recipe with some fresh fruit, chips and a small salad. Once it’s done you can keep it warm, still wrapped in foil, in a 200F oven while you get everything else together. I’ve left it in the oven for an hour or so at that temp and it only gets better!
One last tip before I go. I buy my loaves of bread at Costco. They come in a pack of 2 and they’re PERFECT for this recipe. I usually make two sandwich loaf recipes at a time since the leftovers are quite good!
- 1 medium-sized loaf french bread
- 1/2 pound sliced ham
- 1/4 pound sliced salami
- 1/4 pound sliced provolone
- 1/4 red onion, sliced very thinly
- 8-10 dill pickle slices
- 1/2 cup sliced banana peppers
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Cut the very top off the french bread (see video for visual). Hollow out the inside until you have just a shell left. Layer with half of ham, followed by half of salami and provolone. Add red onion, pickles and banana peppers, followed by remaining ham, salami and provolone. Place top of bread loaf back to cover.
- Make crosswise slices (about eight) into loaf, leaving bottom of loaf intact. Place loaf onto large sheet of foil.
- Melt butter, then stir in garlic, parmesan and parsley. Pour over loaf, taking care to spread it out and ensure that some seeps between the slices. Wrap loaf tightly with foil.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until sandwich loaf is very hot and heated through. Remove from oven, cut into slices and serve immediately.