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How To Make a GREAT Deli Sandwich

Updated on October 7, 2017

Bite into this deli sandwich and prepare to be delighted!

These deli sandwiches are delicious. I've heard many people say they are the best deli sandwiches they've ever had. They are toasted with mozzarella cheese and filled with fresh deli ingredients of each customer's own choosing.

In our town people are happy to pay around five dollars for deli sandwiches like these. (I'm sure in a larger city people would gladly pay more.)

These deli sandwiches are great for fund raising booths. If you're planning to open a restaurant, you could add them to your menu.

Image: Close-up of Deli Sandwich - Buy at

Assemble your deli sandwich ingredients

...before you start.

Before you start you'll need to assemble the ingredients you want on your deli sandwich. I make each deli sandwich to order -- everyone chooses to have or hold any of the ingredients.

I've seen some weird combinations! Some people asked for extra this or that. One man always wanted everything with added jalapenos. Another woman wanted only meat, cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce and lots of pickles on her deli sandwich. We always wondered if she was pregnant. (She wasn't.)

Here's what to offer on your deli sandwiches:

White or Bavarian freshly baked bread roll (Bridgeford) or alternatively, a french roll

Mozarella cheese (with added cheddar on a few types of sandwiches: veggie or ham)

Mayonnaise - or a vegan mayonnaise substitute

Mustard - I like organic stone ground mustard.

Onions - white or yellow onions are fine.

Lettuce - whatever type of lettuce you love most.

Tomato - sliced thin.

Olives - sliced black olives.

Pepperoncinis - spicy hot!

Pickles - ordinary dill pickle slices.

Meat choices: Canadian bacon aka. "ham", salami, roast beef, pastrami, turkey, and fajita chicken strips.

For vegetarians: avocado and alfalfa sprouts

Warming up bread - yes, this is a warm bread deli sandwich... great recipe!

You will be surprised how much better a deli sandwich is with warm bread.

Slice the bread roll and sprinkle it with grated mozarella cheese. If you're having a veggie or ham deli sandwich, add some cheddar. Or don't. Remember, this deli sandwich is to be made to match your preferences.

Place the sliced bread on a cookie sheet and put it in a hot oven until the cheese is melted. It tastes especially good if you let the mozarella toast just a little.

Next... Mayonnaise and Mustard - ...the basic condiments for a deli sandwich.

Spread mayonnaise on both slices of bread and add a little mustard to the top half.

The Top Half of your Deli Sandwich

...add deli sandwich ingredients in this order.

On the top half of the bread sprinkle chopped onions. Then make a pile of shredded lettuce and on top of that add two thin slices of tomato.

The Bottom Half of Your Deli Sandwich

...add deli sandwich ingredients in this order.

On the bottom half of the bread put about eight to ten sliced olives. On top of that sprinkle shredded pepperoncinis, and on top of that place about six pickle slices.

Next add the deli meat of your choice, or avocado if you want a veggie sandwich.

If this is a veggie sandwich, add sprouts on top of the avocado.

Put Your Deli Sandwich Together


You can wrap your deli sandwiches in plastic to go, or place them on a plate with toothpicks to keep the pieces in place. Finish by offering a bag of chips on the side.

Healthy Deli Sandwiches

The deli sandwich cookbook - ...a deli cookbook to inspire you!

The Great Deli Cookbook: An Adventure No Equaled in Modern Gastronomy
The Great Deli Cookbook: An Adventure No Equaled in Modern Gastronomy

Do you love deli? Why not cook deli style at home? This cookbook will give you some helpful inspirations.


How to Make a Deli Sandwich

Your deli sandwich comments are welcome... - Hope you enjoy your deli sandwich!

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    I'll take one pastrami and one turkey, please. You can put them on any kind of wheat bread painted with a little of that stone-ground mustard. Cushion the meats in lots of lettuce and thinly-sliced tomatoes. OK, now how much do I owe you?

    Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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    Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

    This sandwich making tips are terrific. I have to try your style of deli sandwich making.

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    SavioC 4 years ago

    Wow , you have put on a super lens. I just love to experiment with my sandwiches and this info of yours has helped in a big way. Thank you for sharing this lens with us.

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    RedHotCard 4 years ago

    Pickle tip for deli sandwiches. Buy the long sliced dills. Buy Famous Dave's dills. Swap some of the pickles and let cure for awhile. Use the long sliced pickles out of the Dave's jar. Dave's have sweetness plus heat and it works great. Add one of Dave's spears to your sandwich plate.

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    speedbuggy 4 years ago

    deli sandwiches are something I can never get enough of. They are so good and I like to try different combos to see what kind of sandwiches I can come up with when I'm hungry. I will definitely be trying the way you recommend the next time I make one... thanks for making such a great lens!

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    RedHotCard 4 years ago

    I'm an "old" widower and use my sandwich grill 4-5 times a week! Hard to re-open sandwich to add lettuce, though. Melted cheese interferes. Favorites are Philly beef and cheese and Cubans.

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    I like deli sandwiches, reading this lens made me want one, great lens

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    MusicMadness LM 5 years ago

    Just reading about deli sandwhiches makes me hungry. I don't eat much bread lately since I've gone Paleo, but I have no hesitation about eating all the good stuff in between.

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    NejaLovely 5 years ago

    I am obssesed with sandwiches!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    deli sandwich! are reallly yumiiiiieeeeeeeeeeee......good job!!!!

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    Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

    There is an art to making a truly terrific deli sandwich and this lens is making me hungry. Nicely done.

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    Alessandro Zamboni 5 years ago from Italy

    Slurp, this sandwich lens is awesome, because it shows you the hidden techniques and items behind a good sandwich! I didn't knew there were so many items!

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    Short_n_Sweet 5 years ago

    Yummy lens!! Looking forward to eating a deli sandwich:-)

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    NuttSoRuff 5 years ago

    Who doesn't love a good deli sandwich!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    There is nothing better than a good ol' deli sandwich! I am so hungry for one right now!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I'm finding SO many food ideas on Squidoo! :-)

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    Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @racingdatabase: This really is a great site for cooking ideas and recipes of all kinds.

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    Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @boblewis87: Sounds good!

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    boblewis87 5 years ago

    I eat this sort of Delli few times a week. I put little more vegies, butter, and extra cheese. It's delicious.

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    racingdatabase 5 years ago

    Great lens and brilliant ideas. I'm finding SO many food ideas on Squidoo! :-)

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    mj11769 5 years ago

    Nice deli sandwiches.

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    David 5 years ago from Europe

    tasty...could we add curry and call it a new deli sandwich :)

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    mjoonline 5 years ago

    This here lens is making me hungry. What a nice read.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Good lens! I'll try this delicious sandwich ASAP!!!

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    JerryWojo 5 years ago

    Now I'm hungry. Nice lens .:)

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Luv your lens!

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    chickie99 5 years ago

    love a great deli sandwich!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Great lens

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    myoyster1957 5 years ago

    Made me hungry reading this one. Great Lens!

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    greenpharmacy 5 years ago

    Deli sandwich??? I should try to make it... :-) hungry....

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    mrdrinkking 5 years ago

    This lens makes me hungry.

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    helyearelyea 5 years ago

    I know what I'm having for dinner now.

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    LornsA178 5 years ago

    Now I'm craving for deli sandwich! I am getting really hungry.

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    Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @rattie lm: That sounds delicious!!

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    rattie lm 5 years ago

    I'm imagining all these fillings ina panini pan. It would work I think!

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    ghettofrog lm 5 years ago

    The pics look soo good. Can't wait to try a new recipe!

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    daisychainsaw lm 5 years ago

    This is a great lens! Can`t wait to try your recipe!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Yummy. Thanks for sharing, but now I want some food! :)

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    senterprises 5 years ago

    I'm no gourmet chef, but I can put together a mean sandwich. My sandwich of choice: sliced cajun turkey with pepperjack cheese topped with a leaf of iceberg lettuce, sliced tomato and a sliced red onion all on a hoagie roll ... mmmm, mmmm, good!

    Never thought I'd find a lens that made me this hungry, nicely done.

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    pyngthyngs 5 years ago

    My stomach is screaming at me right now. Thanks alot.

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    aliwings 5 years ago

    Good job I didn't read this when I was hungry!

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    rwhite10 5 years ago

    Reading this just made me hungry. Gotta go now.

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    jaysongopiy 5 years ago

    that was a nice deli sandwich. ;)

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    Audman 5 years ago

    Yeah this one is really making me hungry. Drools.

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    ghebert 5 years ago

    Is there a better sandwich! Now I am starving! Great lens, thank you!

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    GetAcneFree 5 years ago

    Great ideas! I am craving one now :)

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    Maribel Forayo 5 years ago from Philippines


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    anonymous 5 years ago

    This is such a great post! rich with content! thanks

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    Lixsunny 5 years ago

    They are tempting at view. I'll try it soon. Thanks!

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    mjb13815 5 years ago

    I'm hungry now too. Great lens. Thanks for sharing

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    wordpress-guru 5 years ago

    i'm hungry now ! :)

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    yourtablecloth 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for this recipe!

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    Jeri Baker 5 years ago

    Yummy, thanks.

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    VidiViciPresents 5 years ago

    These sound AMAZING. Thanks for this! :)

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    HaviRose 5 years ago

    This lens is delicious!

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    Camp April 5 years ago

    The bread knife and crumb tray set looks awesome. I even found that it was only $39.95 when I clicked on your link. Bonus!

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    kaposzta 5 years ago

    Mmm, the sandwich in the introduction looks really yummy :)

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    Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

    Ok, this has me in the mood to make my fav deli sandwich! Great lens!

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    street2linen 5 years ago

    This will be a great add on to my diet!

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    MrReviews2011 5 years ago

    That is what I call a man-which. Awesome.

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    ReviewSurvey 5 years ago

    Home made sandwiches made in style are always the best...deli sandwiches at home! Pretty similar to Subway really :-) Nice blog!

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    CristianStan 5 years ago

    I found this lens to be very helpful, the instructions were easy to follow

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    ViJuvenate 5 years ago

    I love sandwiches, and the more they are the Dagwood style, the better! I just completed a lens for lamb and should have been smart enough to add a sandwich to it. I am very partial to good, solid and hearty breads. It's death to my hip measurements, but life to my soul. I appreciate the recipes - nice lens!

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    ericsdorsey 5 years ago

    Your picture caught my attention right away. Looks yummy. You could maybe add the different types of condiments you can put on the sandwich. Great lens!

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    JeromyS7 5 years ago

    yummy yummy! There is nothing more tasty than a fresh baked bun, with some choice deli fixins and veggies! Oh so good and so into a sandwich right about now! :)

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    jeffersuan 5 years ago

    I just ate lunch and I'm getting hungry again! I love deli sandwiches!

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    batman71 5 years ago

    now i got to make a sandwich.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Great lens!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Its all making me hungry

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    gradientcat 5 years ago

    Sometimes I just warm up the meat, but leave the bun room temp.

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    esimps 5 years ago

    Wow, great tips that have really inspired me to make a tasty sandwich.

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    rodroc 5 years ago

    These deli sandwiches look amazing, thanks

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    cargoliftken 5 years ago

    Great tips!! This lens reminds me of a place in Berkeley, CA (I think it is) called the Local Butcher Shop. They use what's left over from the butcher to create these amazing sandwiches...a new one each day. I think they call it something like "sando of the day". They post a photo on their website.

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    abouthealthtips 5 years ago

    OK you are making me hungry. Great lens...

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    Mit1357 5 years ago

    I must say it is a great way to make it because I try to make it before and failed it was not were good.

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    Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    These are great. I like to have good sandwich once in a while.

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    paulgrossman 5 years ago

    Nothing like a huge deli sandwich! Part of the fun is seeing how high you can stack your sandwich with all of the goodies and then try eating it without breaking your jaw! :) Great lens! Time to eat! :)

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    aquarian_insight 5 years ago

    I'll be having this deli sandwich for lunch today. Excellent and yummy - thank you! *blessed*

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    BAMditty 5 years ago

    Yummy!! now I'm hungry :3

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    aboutkitchenrev 5 years ago


    Great information on making the perfect deli sandwich. I would agree that your choice of which bread you use is key to making it all work in harmony.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    So much wonderful variety to a deli sandwich, warming one up is delicious, thanks.

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    ArtzeeChris LM 5 years ago

    I'm hungry for a deli sandwich now....

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    chinaholiday 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. Seem very delicious.

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    Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

    Thanks for all the great tips. Most everyone has been making sandwiches since childhood but to make GREAT sandwiches is an art!

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    Gardenerman 5 years ago

    Can you say delicious. My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. Great lens - thanks for the info.

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    ukprowriter 5 years ago

    mmmm, tasty lens

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    wizzydizzy 5 years ago

    Sounds mouthwatering (rushes off to make one!)

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    zenith-ho-7 5 years ago

    so great share,I am hungry too.

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    philstephens 5 years ago

    Definitely hot bread out of the oven, with lashings of butter....perfect!

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    hongonlinetraining 5 years ago

    i am hungry now

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    kerilovesadeal 5 years ago

    Yummy lense. Haha. :) I want the sandwich in the top picture... NOW!! Nom Nom! :) I don't think I've ever had Bavarian bread. I'm going to be on the lookout for it.

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    kerilovesadeal 5 years ago

    Yummy lense. Haha. :) I want the sandwich in the top picture... NOW!! Nom Nom! :) I don't think I've ever had Bavarian bread. I'm going to be on the lookout for it.

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    Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

    Your deli sandwich sounds wonderful but please hold the jalapenos from mine! I've noted down the name of your book and I will tell our library that I'd like to recommend it for their list.

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    OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

    I was hungry before reading this lens now I'm starving.

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    pamlen 5 years ago

    This made me want to have a big bite of deli sandwhich.

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    steveironpump 5 years ago

    Awesome, I've been wondering about how to made a deli sandwich

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    BestItems 5 years ago

    Your lens is great and the pictures have made me hungry, the sandwich looks delicious, and a the kitchen supplies would look perfect on any counter top. Thank you.

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    PicksAndTricks 5 years ago

    Thanks for the recepie! Enjoyed reading it

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    Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

    I LOVE warm bread. The fragrance is so delightful. One of my favorite way to warm bread is to use some butter and sage in a skillet and toast the insides crispy. Then whatever you add is even more fragrant with layers of flavor. Thanks for your good ideas!